Transitional words and devices: a technical exercise.

I used to speak donkey in dust bunny slippers
and cotton duck ghost in a drop cloth:
my weight was half short of my salt in smoked kippers
(once I went shopping for shoes wearing flippers –
earned an HD
in Sociology
for pretending to be a sociopath).

I could build any argument from the design of a noodle—
to coin a collective—of numismatists,
which demonstrates everything kit and kaboodle
goes back to the very first dust bunny doodle
(doodle is drop cloth
for what the duck quoth)
to found the Canoodlist movement;

and every argument future proof cast
since I also spoke donkey in sandals and socks.
If numismatists ever were things of the past
the noodle would be where the smart money’s at.
But lately my ghost has gone crusty,
and what’s left of my donkey is rusty:
my time may have come to return to the flock.

About Brad Frederiksen

Engineer and analyst of electro-mechanical and digital systems by day job. Practitioner and student of life and art (broadly construed). View all posts by Brad Frederiksen

4 responses to “Transitional words and devices: a technical exercise.

  • John Looker

    This is a curious and entertaining poem, Brad. I like the rhythm, I love the rhyme and I note that seven-line stanzas. The title intrigues me. Maybe there is a profound interpretation to be grasped by someone cleverer than me – I take it in the spirit nonsense verse and think of Lewis Carroll and Spike Milligan. But on that level I enjoyed it a lot. It’s fun!

  • kathi

    I agree with John, it may have, a kind of, may i say jabberwockian sensibilty:)
    numasmatists! tripping over that character image was so much fun! a room with tables of collected treasures comes to mind, and someone there polishing gold dubloons and alladins lamps. return is a must do at times. i ching has a hexagram for it.
    “I Ching –
    Hexagram 24 –
    Fu (Return) –

    Action: Go Back –

    Hu Gua (hidden influence) 2: Receptive: Yield –

    Zong Gua (underlying cause) 44: Coming to Meet: Encounter –

    – Progress is often marked
    by a slow return to original sincerity. –

    – Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit.
    Sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny. – Proverb –

    – Reading at a Glance: Sometimes we need to stop and go back.” –

    • Brad Frederiksen

      I’m delighted that you and John enjoyed the fun in this, Kathi. I heard on passing the radio recently, in regards to classic lit vs new lit, that with so much information flowing so quickly these days we are constantly searching for something new – the next bit of information – and that as a result we may be ignoring many of the classics. It sounded like an explanation, perhaps, for why the classics are struggling to compete with modern literature. Maybe the conclusion is a bit naive, but the premise is very convincing and does give cause to pause and reflect:)

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