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January 13, 2022

Heaven

Falling asleep last night, I got this earbug. Music is a time machine. I was back in the small Condo off Tropicana a mile from Boulder Highway. The first time I heard this song was driving fro...


September 19, 2021

Spaceship

Hood of my car Radio’s just loud enough So I can hear “Levon” Where you are is anybody’s guess for now Just a song I grew up on Constellations seem so out of line Wish that we could make it this ...


September 18, 2021

Rescue Me

Our story’s old, older than the wind It’s been decided for years How can we pretend That we all know just how it’s gonna end Rescue me in the middle of the ocean Crashing down, it’s always hard ...


September 14, 2021

Louder Than Ever

You were there in the front seat, Windows down we were burning, It was just like a movie scene, Those dashboard lights, And your pale blue eyes cutting through me… -Daughtry, “Louder Than Ever” ...


September 12, 2021

Confluence

Today is two years since Sandy committed suicide. I still haven’t reconciled that, between who I knew as, and who she was. I still can’t comprehend how deep into a dark hole you would have to g...


September 11, 2021

Up the Wolves

Our mother has been absent Ever since we founded Rome But there’s gonna be a party when the wolf comes home.. Up to ‘Salem’s Lot to meet the newest member of the family. Only a few weeks old, a...


September 10, 2021

Oubliette

Oubliette There is a scene in the movie “Labrinth” where Hoggle explains to Sarah what a Oubliette was: “Yes. It’s a place you put people… to forget about ‘em!” Apparently in my home I have a mul...


August 27, 2021

More Than a Feeling

More Than a Feeling It’s more than a feeling When I hear that old song they used to play And I begin dreaming ‘Til I see Marianne walk away I see my Marianne walking away… I got up this morning,...


August 23, 2021

On-Ree

On-Ree Hurricane/Tropical Storm/Tropical Depression Henri was a great fat nothingburger in Maine, despite the shrieking of the media “The! First! Hurricane! To! Make! Landfall! In New England! In...


March 10, 2021

Too Late the Hero

So here I am, rocketing through the Coronoverse in my spiffy cool condo-ship. Other than an unpleasant week getting my chest cracked open last summer I pretty much live in my condo-ship. I do t...


January 13, 2021

Into Dust

Mazzy Star, always the masters of melancholy. Well. I suppose we could call this the bleak mid-winter, but that is a Christmas song, and I personally think of “The Bleak Mid Winter” as being Feb...


December 18, 2020

Let It be

Let it Be Obviously I haven’t been writing a lot in the last few months. While I have felt “okay”, I haven’t felt great or even normal. Six month check in with my cardiologist included a chest ...


September 10, 2020

Valar Morghulis

Valar Morghulis Weird banging, clanging going on in my head. 19 years ago I was studying for the one-two punch of my NATOPS open and closed book exams. Sitting in the study of my house on Penn C...


September 10, 2020

Valar Morghulis

Valar Morghulis Weird banging, clanging going on in my head. 19 years ago I was studying for the one-two punch of my NATOPS open and closed book exams. Sitting in the study of my house on Penn C...


August 19, 2020

Memento Mori II

Memento Mori II So here we are two days later. I tried to go to the beach today, but they are limiting access, and the entrance was blocked. There is another way to the beach, down by the fort,...


August 17, 2020

Momento mori

Momento mori So I did this thing. After months of tests and planning I got up at 5AM and took yet another shower, using this weird presurgical soap that they warned me about getting in my eyes ...


August 17, 2020

Memento Mori

Momento mori So I did this thing. After months of tests and planning I got up at 5AM and took yet another shower, using this weird presurgical soap that they warned me about getting in my eyes ...


I realized after trying to get ahold of my son for months. Yes, months. That my grandson doesn’t know me, or our family history. My son being a way too easily dismissible millennial has no ide...


March 17, 2020

The Night We Met

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Farewell and adieu, you fair Spanish ladies Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain For we’ve received orders for to sail back to Boston And never the more will we see you again… I am now officia...


Farewell and adieu, you fair Spanish ladies Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain For we’ve received orders for to sail back to Boston And never the more will we see you again… I am now officia...


January 08, 2020

Wings

Once the wings go on, they never come off, whether they can be seen, or not. It fuses to the soul through adversity, fear and adrenaline and no one who has ever worn them with pride, integrity an...


January 05, 2020

Things I Recognize

I spent an hour on the phone with Gary last night. He was surprisingly upbeat considering his dad just died. We made plans for breakfast with the boys this morning. I’ve been around too long to...


December 31, 2019

Save Us All

Decade End Observations. I started the decade in love. I end it pretty sure it is going to take divine intervention for it to ever happen again. Gary’s Dad died yesterday and nothing in the way...


December 23, 2019

Dreams: Coitis Interuptus

I really hate those dreams where everything is going really good, sex is amazing and… I have to go take a leak. And try as I may, try as I might I can’t get the dream back. That really sucks, be...


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The random and sundry. The sacred and profane. The pleasure and the pain.

Warning: I crack myself up sometimes