Z28 Footnotes

(don’t try this at home kids!)

years ago I was real lost and damned
high somewhere above waiting river road
admiring the shine and stripes on her.

the lawless monkey clung
with sharp spurs in my back
as I heard her hurst four speed shifter calling.

we soon foolishly aimed speeding moonlit chrome
through terrible thrill lottery of unsuspecting others
on mother earths twisted roads.

it was rinzai rodeo on wild wide bucking rubbers,
deep and down with ma natures wrinkles;
all hot and revved up she was with delicious horsepower beckoning.

she called as we tore through them all,
sliding with drift screaming;
intimate and ravishing every wily weaving curve of road.

barely hanging on as we thrashed real good back and forth
in sliding sideways time from haphazard moves
on tree lined roads of living breathing earth

to the geometric and sequential manicured and captive lawns
bound and gagged with well intentioned concrete;
from blur to blur we slid and smoked, and you know about intentions.

streets of skid marked long linear straight jackets with
crisscrossed yellow striped asphalt restraining belts
were hard surface bondage. need of release had us on edge.

we thrashed all sacred and unholy with a snarl
to try to free us both from restraints somehow,
if but for a moment.

my rebops were cool and tapped her roaring footnotes,
all brash and slash smoldering strokes;
she howled strange new age zen in teckno glide calligraphy

on spinning squealing paintbrushes
backed by screaming eight piece combo from detroit;
she was a real rapid dose of rigid alloys and dense steel.

all over rural and urban canvas we painted hard rock lines in smoke.
six grand or so spun wildly while we brushed and wrote.
we searched long moments where scenery blurs and smears.

we tangled in wailing sideways strokes, to chords of gear change
after gear change after gear change; a tune of mechanical notes.
then, chasing fans under flashing ruby lights

came at us I think
for maybe autographs or more,
but couldn’t keep it up.

we grinned real loud and
gave them our best
fine fading footnotes.

(she was an ’74 Z28 LT1 slammed, jammed and with enough horsepower to smoke the tires anytime you wanted to all the way up to 120mph)

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dis aster (aka to wish upon a new clear star)

dis aster rose in west two hours before was due
was human made sun and born to end what other star gave life to

in darkness was brighter than usual break of day
and only winked and wanned unlike the one that lit our way

and then a rolling wave from star came near
leveling every thing regardless if uncared for or dear

as I became a shadow on a wall
I realized too late it’s not a sun at all

(The word disaster comes from the Middle French désastre from the old Italian disastro, which comes from the Greek pejorative prefix dis- (bad; Gr: δυσ-) + aster (star; Gr: ἀστήρ). So disaster literally means “bad star”. The sense is astrological, of a calamity blamed on an unfavorable position of a planet or star.)

Author Notes
light is love yet sometimes light not love at all.

gladiators of new rome (NOT FOR LONG)

while NASCAR chariots make left turns all day
for mob swilling dew and whatever comes their way;

only pleasure is the populations mainstay
since herd’s best entertained with NFL blood and fray.

now we’re all stadium crowds or flatscreen fans on gameday
as gladiators of new rome get cheered racous and rampant ’til doomsday.

Author Notes

their bodies WERE the weapons in the history of the NFL like the gladiators of yesterday. Now we see the sport as changed by PC and modern juris prudence. Some of us played it the way it was envisioned and now it is what it is. What football was is not now and will be less and less every day but it’s still the closest thing to war you can see in team sports besides hockey and lacrosse.

football as we know it is gone. the numbers of today are skewed and cannot be compared to what it was when football was brutal and quarterbacks and receivers were targets. Manning is great but couldn’t have made it in the heyday. my humble opinion as a middle linebacker.

GO NINERS! come on Kap, see the field, know your weapons, use that pocket, anticipate and deliver WITH SOME FREAKING TOUCH, we know you can smoke that pigskin when ya gotta!
– See more at: http://allpoetry.com/poem/11715357-gladiators-of-new-rome–Not-For-Long–by-jim-christ#sthash.tdXJcNoG.dpuf

bukaroo hankowski

piles of scribbled thoughts
in haphazard stacks
lay wrinkled on a trail nearby
and wiggled in a skid row breeze.

sounds of lost angels
crashed through windows perched
above pink elephant nests
of empty bottles in stacks.

delirium rollercoasters slow
to beethoven on far off radio
while waking to angles of floor
underneath returning equalibrium.

sleep was as gone as that bronc-ette muse
who’d followed him home from the bar,
thrown him after the first round
and would from now on be only words.

(one for good old buk, gone but never forgotten)
– See more at: http://allpoetry.com/poem/11685651-bukaroo-hankowski-by-jim-christ#sthash.GB350GFG.dpuf