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Feb.22.2014
  Upon planting a sapling //    I gentle and firm // Hold the trunk // At breast height, //   And tilting my head // Press my lips Against the bark,   As holding the hand Of a lovely woman And tasting the heat Of her wrist.   And young again, Walk...
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Jan.06.2014
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Jan.04.2014
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Dec.27.2013
Ah, the world hath changed! // My calling card //Jay-Licata.blogspot.com //If you please. // The prince comes a-courtin' //An older froggy now,Wobbly gait, shakey kneesFlights into cyberspace And the surprising easeOf the quest for legacy,To fly with kismet birdsAnd poets of destiny. Earthbound no...
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Dec.27.2013
Those were the good days //And now, through vines of grapes //In vineyards of memory //Walks Edwin Markham, //His plaque upon the Morris Daily //Beneath the Tower Hall. As each annum’s embraceOf flushed and fresh the faceOf keen, unbridled youthGathers withinAlma Mater’s opened armsIn the wine...
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Dec.27.2013
If you die old // If you die alone //  - Very alone //  The County sends // The Meat Truck. //   They shovel up Your lifetime's stuff Into garbage bags And a computer numbered bin -   Nothing personal, Nor shame nor sin.   Then the lawyers will take a slice And even an...
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Dec.27.2013
  Win, place and show //The second best poet is silver //And this be poetical, //Upon myself bestow. // The gold is Richard Hugo, //My neighbor at West Seattle High,A generation before me,With forty years of overlapUnder the same Seattle sky. Indigene sons of Washington soilBorn, bred and...
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Dec.22.2013
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Dec.18.2013
  "Blacking Streaking Black Red " ( Right Corner View ) .   August, 2011 id3279  Blacking Streaking Black Red  (16x18)  
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Dec.18.2013
  " Cosmos Cascading " (10x23) . August, 2011 id3300 Licata Haiku 22 Blackberry jelly / On her lips in Sunday's nap / Dreams white horse running /      Licata Tanka 22 Blackberry jelly / On her lips in Sunday's nap / Dreams white horse running / Fingers tracing muscled...
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Dec.17.2013
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Dec.17.2013
  To Tintern Abbey walking // Along the English border, // Of ancient Wales, //   From Hay-on-the-Wye, // Walking long The afternoon of Spring,   To Tintern Abbey Coming to hear An Anglo Saxon Princess sing,   Her walking long From centuries moss dead, We sang the Abbey chorus...
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Dec.17.2013
We turn and tilting // Towards the Sun, // Fall into the damp and dark // Rain forests of November, // Here in Seattle. And come December wet, The Sun is over the shoulder. Come January’s promise The froth is colder, And turning and tilting, Into February’s ennui, And the malaise gray Of sunless...
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Dec.15.2013
One hundred men //Of Wall Street //Control ten trillion dollars. // They didn’t dig the well, //But they surely drink its waters. // Citizen soldiers,Few of themHave ever been. Our great grandfathersFought for nationhoodIn the Civil War,Not for economic win. Your Elephant PartyCuts your taxes,...
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Dec.15.2013
"Boss Man Office Man"     Make a cake //Bake a cake //Banker Man //Makin' mortgage money - //Nibble quick gold //Flashes in the pan. Boss ManA-comin' down the aisle"Oh, no!" cries the Office Man"Please let me be!" Many good menLonging to be freeDreams from the cubicleLike notes...
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