a scene from the road rally in the sideways rain
leap frog in the park
last night i told a joke to a woman at a comedy club, led a group of strangers in follow-the- leader in t.j. maxx, bought 60 cents of gas, got into a theater box office, danced the sugar plum fairy ballet and push it, had the zingerman’s staff sing happy birthday to me, tried to jam our team into one shopping cart, read a children’s book aloud to an adult in the library, found five different kinds of balls, secretly wrote crossword answers in the new york times and put it back, wore protective hockey gear, held a lobster, paid for a stranger’s purchase, ate as a group at taco bell, wore university of michigan gear that wasn’t mine, added my gum to a public wall art display, read incredible notes, shared food and drinks and blew out candles and it was a night to always be remembered.
sock monkeys vs. glitters vs. kwames
what a wonderful decade birthday celebration
thanks to all of you for every bit of it
it meant everything.
“life goes by fast. enjoy it. calm down. it’s all funny.”
– joan rivers
as i walked in, i looked around and asked out loud,
“is this elvis day or something?”
i heard a deep voice following me in who answered,
“you better believe it baby.”
and that is how we found ourselves sharing a breakfast space.
luckily, elvis read the sign, waited to be seated
climbed up on the counter and belted out hits
elvis worked the crowd and met a tiny dancer
and changed costumes before my second cup of coffee
it was a full breakfast.
“to me, john lennon and elvis presley were punks,
because they made music that evoked those emotions in people. “
f learns what happens when good goggles go bad.
“it’s all fun and games ’till someone loses an eye,
then it’s just fun you can’t see.”
and what could
possibly go wrong
or incredibly right
with 8 adults, 6 kids, 2 cats, 1 dog
and an occasional bear
all back in one place again
on beautiful glen lake?
“it’s well known that he who returns never left”
― pablo neruda
not one of them is actually sitting on a swing
but it makes a great jungle gym.
“infinity imagines curiousity from the wild abyss –
only the child makes a swing-set view of the world upside down.
unwatched truth is the enchantment of childhood.
and we never grow out of it…”
if getting in your pajamas at 7:30
and going to the playground
and a singing stroll until dark
then we don’t want to be right.
driving down the highway
i came upon this truck filled with fun
and wondered where exactly it was headed.
“i was sure that somewhere a grandiose carnival
was going on in the sky,
and I was missing it.”