This is just to say

I have taken the last piece of pie

that was left in the tin

and which you’d probably expected

to see this evening after dinner.

Forgive me

It was so tempting

And, yes, as irresistible as you.


………………( with thanks to William Carlos Williams

…………………….and an apology to a Better-Than- Great Guy)


And for Halloween : Why not???

William Carlos Williams

You Will Need
A stethoscope

Medical gloves
Brushed-back hair

A bowl of plums

red wheelbarrow full of candy


Here’s the incommensurably great WCW ~

Toni 10/30/12







The Margin Between the Ocean and the Rivers is the Best Place for Oysters: Where Are They When We Need Them? Ask the Humans Who’ve Eaten Them Up and Ground Them Down for Roadbed Surfaces. Good Thing Arm Crooks and Elbows Cradles Are Still the Best Place for Babies. Another 420-Character Piece in 9 Lines.

IMG_3499(Rob Diaz de Villegas is a producer, editor, and director for WFSU-TV. This is his desktop photo.)

I roll a blanket on either side of the babies’ heads out in the stroller

to protect them from the bumps in the road.

Just like the trillions of oysters*

who stabilized NYC’s shoreline

with their undulating, contoured beds that speed-bump waves.

But for 400 years we humans have eaten,

pummeled, & ground down those oyster beds.

So, no bivalves to soften a wave surge,

but I’ve got my elbow crooked to shelter the babies.

PATTY 10/30/12

*Paul Greenberg author of Four Fish

(Photo by Ted Jackson/The Times-Picayune archive)

http://wfsu.org/blog-coastal-health/?p=1032 http://www.nola.com/dining/index.ssf/2012/10/could_thriving_oyster_beds_hav.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/30/opinion/an-oyster-in-the-storm.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

FEMA: Who Needs It? ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME!!!!! Not Mitt.

FEMA will respond quickly and effectively to the heavy flooding

(the famed boardwalk’s already flooded);

respond just like birds who survive because of their alertness,

quick responses,and ability to adjust

due to a fast metabolism fueled by internal heat.

Sandy will wreck havoc on public facilities and infrastructure,

but FEMA,

the fuel that ensures fast response, will be there–

unless Mitt gets his way and guts it.

PATTY 10/29/12