Archive for January, 2012

It’s A Horrid Case When Four Women Are Dead

January 30, 2012

It’s a horrid case when four women are dead
Inconceivable, murdered by family
The guilt determined by what people said.

The police investigation was much mislead
Though they explored scientifically
’twas no logic why four women are dead.

Our every action is linked by a thread
But no one knows the whole truth irrefutably
The guilt determined by what people said.

It was not shocking that two wives were wed
Shocking, the marriage ended so tragically
There’s strange, strained talk when four women are dead.

The prosecutor’s xenophobic theory spread
Repeated by the press like a homily
The guilt determined by what people said.

From my distance I only know what I read
Many questions not answered satisfactorily
There’s no joy nor justice when four women are dead
The guilt determined by what people said.

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Irving The Layton The Poet Was Gay

January 25, 2012

In honour of the 100th anniversary of the birth of poet Irving Layton, (Mar 12, 2012) I have composed the following poem. In it I use some unconventional phrasing. I use the word ‘gay’ to mean ‘human.’ I hope you like it Irving, wherever you are.

Irving The Layton The Poet Was Gay

Irving the Layton the poet was gay
Some people even considered him queer
A mensch, he said what he wanted to say.

Born circumcised he didn’t need to pray
His pen and his penis caused much fear
Irving the Layton the poet was gay.

From boyhood in the hood he learned to play
His tongue his temperament both would shear
A mensch, he said what he wanted to say.

He loved the grain to roll in the hay
He loved when the right word would appear
Irving the Layton the poet was gay.

He was original not a closet cliché
He knew what loomed beneath a brassiere
A mensch, he said what he wanted to say.

There was only one law which he could obey
The voice of his heart is all he could hear
Irving the Layton the poet was gay
A mensch, he said what he wanted to say.

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More about Irving Layton Centenary events can be seen at:
http://poetry-quebec.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Irving-Layton-Centenary-HUB/305476089472566

CBC Traffic Updates or Poetry?

January 23, 2012

CBC Montreal Homerun Traffic Reports*
January 23, 2012

• 5:11:07 – 5:13:07 [2:00 minutes]
• 5:18:07 – 5:19:22 [1:15 minutes]
• 5:29:30 – 5:30:00 [0:30 minutes]
• 5:36:12 – 5:37:22 [1:10 minutes]
• 5:51:21 – 5:52:25 [1:04 minutes]
• 5:58:29 – 5:58:56 [0:27 minutes]
TRAFFIC REPORT TOTAL 6:26 minutes

POETRY TOTAL 0:00 minutes

* Time coordinated with National Research Council of Canada Atomic Clock
http://time5.nrc.ca/webclock_e.shtml

The Lesson of Farshad Mohammadi

January 9, 2012

by Jack Locke

We shoot the homeless to give them a home
A place they can rest eternal in peace
Before a kill the lips of wolves will foam.

Each new sad story is written by a gnome
A scribe whose job is to fabricate a piece
We shoot the homeless to give them a home.

In Montreal murder ticks like metronome
A bullet, a villain, a cop with caprice
Before a kill the lips of wolves will foam.

Recent incidents alone could fill a tome
I hasten to blame the poor-trained police
We shoot the homeless to give them a home.

The repeating quality resembles palindrome
Increase, decrease, but metro-mortem will not cease
Before a kill the lips of wolves will foam.

Three shots got Farshad bim-bam-bome
He will not get a chance to renew his lease
We shoot the homeless to give them a home
Before a kill the lips of wolves will foam.

The Bluenose Will Go Down On Harper’s Watch

January 6, 2012

by Jack Locke

The Bluenose will go down on Harper’s watch
Our ship will sink on a submerged sand bar
Captain has his crew tightly by the crotch.

He said he sought to raise the jib a notch
But the mainsail adjoining came ajar
The Bluenose will go down on Harper’s watch.

A tyrannical skipper will debauch
To Hell with Halifax harbour, har, har
Captain has his crew tightly by the crotch.

Anticipating doom I reach for a Scotch
But put it flat down in order to spar
The Bluenose will go down on Harper’s watch.

Westerlies have brought a squalling Sasquatch
Who has escaped from northern sandy tar
Captain has his crew tightly by the crotch.

His mastering of bait is topnotch
Self-aggrandizement is what his plans are
The Bluenose will go down on Harper’s watch
Captain has his crew tightly by the crotch.

In A Recent 5-4 Ruling

January 4, 2012

by Jack Locke

In a recent 5-4 ruling
The Supreme Court decided
That a school of fish schooling
Had into a shark suicided.

The presumption of consumption
Was clearly prejudicial,
We must assume that assumption
And that death by intention is official.

While no autopsy was conducted
And no remains found
The coroner incorrectly deducted
That the cause of death was sound.

And though the chewing was likely loud
Costs to the shark, appeal disallowed.