http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004C15NNW (my amazon author’s page)
If you are interested, Volume II of the Poetry of Sandler Boggs will soon be on my Amazon author’s page.
I am wondering what the next Fred and Ed story should be – leave a comment if you have an suggestions/ideas. It seems funny to me now, 30 years ago I made up the Fred and Ed stories, and a lot of the old stories have actually come true. Now I have tons of Fred and Ed stories wholly based on real life!
Life can be funny that way.
Today is move furniture day, so I am expecting tomorrow to be watch football (and recover from the agonizing back pain I suspect I will have post moving furniture).
The question of the day:
How long is too long?
- Why is it good restaurants don’t advertise as much and still end up full? Bad or chain restaurants advertise all the time and are either full or empty depending on quality. Good ones don’t seem to as much or is their advertising not geared towards me because they already have my business? If you find out the food is good, are you no longer the target audience?
- Why do people drive faster at night?
- At what point does blowing past me as we tear out of an intersection gain you anything?
- Why do people hate change? I don’t mean life change, I mean change in their pockets. When I was a kid I loved change, always had some. Now other than the change I collect – I put it in a jar on my dresser and turn it into paper money about every two or three months. Why is that?
- How many poems in the world is too many poems?
- Do poets who read their poetry out loud have other nasty habits?
- If you are between a rock and a hard place does that make you the soft creamy filling?
An early Happy New Year to all who celebrate this western version of New Years.
Newly published Fred and Ed story on my podcast!!!!
Many years ago I meant a young wayfarer named Sandler Boggs. He was the younger brother of Phineas Boggs the explorer (around the world in 80 days). Sandler had a young sister (Helen Boggs) but she factored little into the story of Phineas and Sandler. Phineas went out into the world when Sandler was only 12 (Helen was born right before Sandler’s sixteenth birthday) and that greatly impacted Sandler for he adored his older brother.
Phineas set out to head around the world in 80 days and eventually succeeded. Thus it was with great ambition that his younger brother Sandler set out to beat his brother’s record. Sadly Sandler fell short of the record completing the circumnavigation in 91 days.
It was the story of his life, always finishing second to his brother. However Sandler was a poet and created many wonderful poems over the years. I’ve collected a number of them here in a guide called “The Poetry of Sandler Boggs Volume 1” with hopes of finding more of his poems to share.
Over the years I have published many of Sandler’s poems here. I hope you enjoy them!
In the darkened tunnel
moves from side to side
as though a lantern carried by a drunken sailor
and out of the tracks
no set direction
no way to go
as if a train
at great speed
shimmying on the track as it
barrels ever forward
to crush in its path
those watching the swinging light
hypnotized by what they think they see
lost in what may be
the drunken sailor
empty his stomach of the booze and cigars
chunks of light
blowing into the air
sticking on the tunnel wall
exploding the air around us
pushing us backward
the light gone
the tunnel walls still
with an eerie glow
and I do not see the sailor anymore.
find within the threaded needle
the eye of the storm
the small piece of what was
yet guided by the hand
the eye of the storm is a child’s gesture
a tap on the shoulder
the storm disappears but
the needle lost
the lifeline of cotton
wound around a spool and
the thread wound around a new spool
leaving the eye
leaving the needle
leaving the storm
the quiet and empty spool
rolls from side to side
with no direction
it finds no path.