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Nice. Is this what they call a tone poem? I've never gotten a bead on that. The connection it made--not your responsibility--was something along these lines:

I was a little too tall
Could've used a few pounds
Tight pants points hardly reknown
She was a black-haired beauty with big dark eyes
And points all her own sitting way up high
Way up firm and high

Out past the cornfields where the woods got heavy
Out in the back seat of my 60 chevy
Workin' on mysteries without any clues
Workin' on our night moves

Probably my issue to sort out.



Lovely, peaceful images. Thank you for sharing such your quiet, joyful evening with all of us.

Mike Schilling

Another writer could use the same incidents: the screaming kids, the bratty teenager, the yapping dogs, the kids that won't go to bed when they're supposed to, as a list of the petty annoyances that consititute modern life. And that hypothetical sketch could be every bit as "true" as yours. There's something there about subjectivity and objectivity that it's too late to try to think through.

But what makes this piece beautiful is the love of your family and your home that illuminiates it. Thank you.

harry near indy

if you write that up as a full story or essay, ask your niece to make an illustration of it.

Michael Bains

Sounds like an awesome evening.

Good Memorial Day all!

Michael Bains

Oh yah, thanks for having Robert Reich listed in the 'bar. He was my favorite person in the entirety of the Clinton Admin, and I always enjoyed his writing on Which your listing reminds me I've not scoped in a while.

Thanks thrice!

pete townshend

Love this story - it summons up a really authentic picture of the enighbourhood. Best though, is that you do it by describing sounds. I often find myself trying to describe sound and music. It is a real art.


I love eating gooey ducks. My mother loves to make it with rice, tastes great! Though I do think you have to get used to the texture.

Check out geoduck for info.

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