Monthly Archives: August 2013

Advice on Living by the Divine Willy

“Action is eloquence.”

–William Shakespeare

Making Sense

Buying stocks on margin
or distilling oil from tar sands

must make sense
when you are doing it,

like building golf courses in the desert
and mining ground water to keep them green.

The places in Ethiopia
where some of our earliest ancestors lived
are now an uninhabitable moonscape.

No one knows for sure why.
But whatever it was
I bet it made sense at the time.

–Burl Whitman

Only in Portland #38 – Chicken Rescue


Only In Portland #37

A guy riding a beautiful vintage two-tone Vespa. He has a courier bag around his shoulders covered with what look like boy scout merit badges.

The back of his scooter helmet has a bumper sticker that says “Ask me about anal fisting!”

We’re All From the Railroad

He bang, she bang
Daddy shot a bear
Shot him in the stern, me boys
And didn’t turn a hair.
We’re all from the railroad too-ra-loo
And the old moke’s picking on a banjo.

–Trad American sea shanty

Leaving the Way I Came

Who looks out with my eyes?
What is the Soul?
I cannot stop asking.

I didn’t come here of my own accord,
and I can’t leave that way.

Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.


Whitman Meets Bukowski

Where Whitman
called you lover

Bukowski called
you fucker

They both meant
the same thing