QUIET AND ALONE
IT SITS
WITH A COOL
WHITE
BACKGROUND,
SHADED
FROM THE
LIGHTS
(WHICH COME
LATER)
AS WE ENTER
THE ROOM
INSTEAD
OF THE ZOOM
WHICH
OCCUPIES
MANY WHO
OUTREACH
THESE DAYS,
WE PREFER
THE LIGHT
PRAISE
OF A CALM
AND QUIET SET,
SO YOU
NEVER FORGET
THAT WE
THINK OF YOU,
(THE AUDIENCE)
WITH A FOND
RECALL
OF ALL
THE TIMES
WE HAVE MET
IN THE LINES
OF MEDIA
DEFINED
BY OUTREACH
ELECTRONICS,
SITTING AT
THE READY
IN THE DIM
STUDIO,
WHILE THE
ART WILL
ARRIVE
ALONG WITH
MY CHAIRS,
COMING IN
PAIRS
SO THAT
MY GUEST
WILL BE
HAPPY
AND ABLE
SIT NEAR
THE TABLE
AND ART PIECE
OF PALM FROND,
THE BOTTLES
THAT GLOW
AND THE BOOKS
THAT YOU KNOW,
LITTLE BY
LITTLE,
THE ASSEMBLAGE
OCCURS,
WHILE
CURIOSITY
STIRS
BEHIND THE
MASK
OF MY
ARRIVING
GUEST,
AND ALL
THE REST
WORKS OUT,

WE CHECK
AND SHOUT
THE LIGHTS
AND LENSES,
THE PRIMP
A BIT
(THAT’S ONLY
ME)
I HAVE TO SEE
THAT MY
BLOOMS
ARE STRAIGHT
AND FRAGRANT
AND LOVELY,
SHINING BRIGHT
IN THE BLAZING
LIGHTS,
THEY CARRY
A SWEET
AND LOVING
REMINDER
OF ALL THOSE
YEARS,
SO FAR
BEHIND
THAT BROUGHT
ME HERE
FROM THERE,
TO FIND MY
HAPPY FEARS
AND MY DIRECTOR
CLOSING OFF
THE DOORS
TO OUR ADVENTURE,
THE GUEST SITS
STRAIGHT
AND MUST THEN
WAIT
FOR MY OPENING
FORAY,
PROJECTING
A WARM
AND WELCOME
STORY
WHICH
FEATURES
JUST THE
COOLEST TALES,
THEY ALWAYS
TELL WHAT
WILL PREVAIL
TO BE THE HISTORY
OF THEIR LIFE,
MINUS THE
DARK
AND SECRET
STRIFE,
WHILE
INBETWEEN
WE LAUGH
AND SCHEME
TO TELL THE
STORIES
AND GOOD
REMARKS,
WHILE THE
CLOCK TICKS
ON
AND MEASURES
OUR STOP,
COMING TOO
QUICKLY
IT HAPPENS
SO SOON,
THEY ALWAYS
REMARK
AFTER SHOWING
THEIR BLOOM,
AND I GET TO SMILE
BASK IN
THE STYLE
OF EACH
DIFFERENT
VOICE,
THEY CARRY
THE CHOICE
OF FREEDOM…
SPEAKING
CLEARLY
FOREMOST
DEARLY,
WHILE THEIR
STORY CLOSES
AMONG
THE ROSES…
I SMILE AND
SAY GOODBYE,
RETURNING
SOON
TO WATCH
THEM FLY!

©JW WINSLOW 10/1/2020

THE GIFT IS
A DREAM
SENT FROM
THE HEART,
A MESSAGE
BECOMING
AN INTREGAL
PART
OF LOVE’S
SWEET POSSESSION
A WONDROUS
CONFESSION
THAT FLIES
FROM THE
DARK TO
THE LIGHT,
IT BEGINS
WHEN YOU
KNOW
OF THE
SWEET WAY
TO GO,
BY GIVING
YOURSELF
TO THE WORLD,
UNCONSCIOUS
AT TIMES
WHILE BECOMING
REALITY
IS THE WONDERFUL
PART OF THE
STORY,
IT POPS IN YOUR
HEAD
A PICTURE
OF GIVING,
AND GROWS
AS IT GOES
FROM A DREAM
TO A SCHEME,
A WAY TO
GIVE SOMETHING
THAT WILL
SEND A GOOD
MESSAGE,
AND LAND
IN THE HANDS
OF YOUR CHOICE,
OFTEN BY
GIVING
A SURE WAY
OF LIVING
AND MAKING
GOOD NEWS
OF YOUR
VOICE,
AND SO NOW
I ASK
FOR YOUR
SPECIAL
ATTENTION,
A GIFT FOR
MY DREAM,
ONE MORE
SPECIAL
MENTION,
I HAVE COME
TO THE PART
WHERE IT
GROWS IN
MY HEART
AND GIVES
ME THE COURAGE
TO SHARE,

I REACH OUT
TO YOU
FOR A
SWEET HAPPY
VIEW
OF
THE INSIDERS
CUE,
A PATH
THAT WILL
HELP MAKE
THAT DREAM
COME TRUE,
I ASK YOU
TO SHARE
AND CONSIDER
AND CARE
WITH THAT
SECRET
KIND SECTION
THAT SHOWS
YOUR AFFECTION,
AND MAYBE
THE MEMORY
OF A GOOD
LAUGH OR TWO,
OR A HUG
COME BETWEEN US
WHEN THINGS
ARE SO BLUE,
SO PLEASE
CLOSE YOUR
EYES,
AND SEND
A SURPRISE
THAT CAN
BE ANY SIZE,
AND I WILL
SURMISE
THE WONDERS
OF FRIENDSHIP
AND FAMILY
AND LOVE,
WHILE I BUILD
ON MY DREAM
TO A PLACE
FAR ABOVE,
WHERE WE ALL
SIT TOGETHER
AND SHARE
MY LOVE SONG
THE STORIES
I’VE WRITTEN
JUST WHERE
WE BELONG,
I WAIT FOR
YOUR MESSAGE
AND PART OF
YOUR DREAM,
FOR NOW
AND TOGETHER
WE SHARE
THE DANCE
WE ROLL UP
OUR SLEEVES
AND TAKE
A CHANCE,
I SEND YOU
MY LOVE
AND THANKS
FROM THE HEART,
BUT SOMEHOW
I KNOW
YOU SEE
THAT BIG
PART
OF THE POET
AND ARTIST
WHO WEARS ALL
THE FLOWERS
AND LIVES IN
THE BOWERS
OF DREAMS!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS, SUPPORT
AND LOVE, MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

©JW WINSLOW 9/1/2020

 

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IT BEGAN IN THE ERA
OF REEL TO REEL
WHEN ROCKIN GOOD MUSIC
WAS SUCH A BIG DEAL,
AND PERFECTLY PLACED
ON THE WIDE OPEN
PORCH
WAS A SETUP FOR SOUND
THAT WAS PERFECTLY
BOUND
BETWEEN THOSE
TWO ENDS,
BEGINNING AT NOON
AND PLAYING AGAIN
THE MUSIC AT FIRST
WAS JAZZBO
DIVERSE,
COOL SLEEK SAXES
BLOWING IN TACT
WITH THE RHYTHM
OF MUSIC
SEXY AND SMOOTHE,
SLIDING ALONG
AND INTO THE GROOVE,
BUT THEN ONE DAY
THERE CAME
TO PLAY
A DIFFERENT KIND
OF TUNES
THE HARMONIES
AND SWEET GUITARS
THE STORIES
OF THE MOON,
THE GENIUS OF A
ROCK STAR KING
AND HIS BROTHERS
BEGAN TO SING
AND MY LIFE
CHANGED
FOREVER:
BUT THE HOTTEST
PART WAS
THE CHANGE IN
MY HEART
AS THE BEACHBOYS
REACHED WITHIN
THEY TOUCHED ME
WHERE I FELT MY SOUL
COME ALIVE AND SPIN,
IT WASN’T LIKE THE
FIRST SWEET STUFF
THE SURFER TUNES
AND ALL THAT FLUFF,
BUT A TALE OF
TRAVELS
BEGAN TO UNRAVEL
IN WILSON HARMONY,
WITH A STRONG
GREAT BEGINNING
PULSING AND
WINNING
THE NEWEST
PATH OF
THE DAY,

THEY SANG
ABOUT FEAR
AND TRAVELS
AND TEARS,
AND LANDING
SOMEWHERE
IN HOLLAND,
FINDING THEMSELVES
DEEPLY INVOLVED
IN A PROBLEM THAT
JUST HAD
TO BE SOLVED,
AND I SOON BEGAN
TO LISTEN
AND GLISTEN
IN THE WARM SUN,
TINY BIKINI
AND BAIN DE SOILE,
THE MOST PROPER
OUTFIT
TO HASTEN THE DAY,
WHILE THE MUSIC
UNFOLDED
WITH TALES
OF SAILS,
AND MYSTERIOUS
CREATURES
BECOMING SO
REAL,
THE LANDING
OF VISITORS
OVER THE SEA
IN GREAT CALIFORNIA
JUST LIKE
YOU AND ME,
AND SOON
THEY TOLD
A STORY
OF GLORY
ABOUT THE
BIG SUR,
AND THE
STRONG CONQUORER,
THE BEACHES
AND CAVES
THE FABULOUS
WAVES,
THE PEOPLE
WHO CAME
TO THE SHORE,
WITH A TENDER
SOFT ENDING
NEVER PRETENDING
TO HIDE ALL THE
LOVE
FOR A PLACE
THEY HAD
DREAMED OF
THAT BECKONED
ABOVE,
THE SHORES
OF A PLACE
THAT WOULD BECOME
MY BIG DREAM,
WRITING MY BOOKS
IN A GLORIOUS
SCHEME,
NEVER IMAGINING
ON THAT FIRST
SUNNY DAY
WHAT MY LIFE
WOULD BECOME
SAILING AWAY,
AND NOW I KNOW
IT WAS ALL MEANT
TO BE,
A SOFTLY BORN
MESSAGE
THAT WOULD SET
ME FREE:
“A REASON TO LIVE…
A REASON TO CONTINUE
A REASON TO GO ON”:
A BEAUTIFUL SONG
THAT NOW WILL BELONG
DEEP IN MY HEART,
GUIDING ME HOME,
NEVER TO PART…
SAIL ON, SAILOR!

©JW WINSLOW 8/1/2020

Steve Prodes

Steve Prodes
Editor/Publisher of Foolish Times

Making Monterey County Funny,
one reader at a time!

 

HE ASKED FOR
A PEEK
AND THEN
HE LAUGHED,
THINKING I
WAS A CREEPY
CROOK
WHO LIED ABOUT
MY STASH,
FOR HE HAS
NEVER SEEN ME
PRANCING
IN A GOWN
(ONE FOR SLEEP
THAT YOU MUST
KEEP
FOR SPECIAL
OCCASIONS
AND PRIVATE
INVASIONS),
SO I SMILED
AND PROCEEDED
TO PULL FROM
THE CLOSET
A HANGER OF
DREAMS
FROM A
SPECIAL
DEPOSIT,
COLLECTED FOR
YEARS
FROM VARIOUS
SOURCES,
PEOPLE WHO
SUSPECT
MY SECRET
RECOURSES,
SO THOSE
BIG BLUE EYES
WERE FULL OF
SURPRISE
AT THE FLAGRANT
SUBMISSION
ALL IN
POSITION,
LAID OUT
BY COLOR
AND FLOWING
SWEET TYPES,
LONG ONES
AND SHORTER,
BUT ALL
QUITE LOVELY,

REMINDERS
OF INSTANCES
SOOO
LOVEY-DOVEY,
FIRST THERE
WAS FUSCIA,
HOT AND SATIN
FOLLOWED BY
A RAINBOW SHORTIE,
AND A FLOWIING
PALE AQUA,
THEN A
BLACK LACE
BODICE ABOVE
PALE PINK
AND THE FINAL
CUTE LINK
LAYERED IN GREEN
MEANT FOR A
STUNNING
HOT MOVIE STAR
QUEEN,
SO WHILE HE
STARED
AND LAUGHED
AT ME
I DARED HIM
TO JUST PUT
ONE ON,
ONLY FOR FUN
COMING ALONG,
AND TO MY
SURPRISE
HE DONNED
THE FROCK
THAT FLOWED
TO ANKLES
WITHOUT ANY
SOCKS
MAKING IT ALL
A COMEDY
ROCK,
I LAUGHED
AND LAUGHED
AND LAUGHED
SOME MORE
AT THE LOOK
UPON HIS FACE,
CAPTURED IT
ALL IN A QUICK
PHOTOGRAPH,
BEFORE HE
JUMPED BACK
AND MADE
HIS ESCAPE,
AND NOW
WHEN I NEED IT,
(A GOOD HEARTY
JOKE)
A SILLY SUBMISSION
A QUICK HAPPY
POKE,
I FLASH ON
THIS PICTURE
OF MASCULINE
FRILLS,
WHILE MY
HARDY DEAR
BROTHER
RUNS FOR
THE HILLS…
AND I
SHARE THIS
IMAGE
TO GIVE YOU
A THRILL!

©JW WINSLOW 7/1/2020