Wednesday, September 15, 2010


A while ago, I had an idea that I thought might be fun. I thought that I would share it with you guys and see if it might be something collaborative that would be interesting enough to do together via this blog. I was thinking how almost everything in life can be viewed differently, and that the differing views can each have truth within them, as well as, error. My idea was to pick a topic and write two pieces based on the differing perspectives- one from each side of the subject- creating the margins of the topic and finding truth somewhere in between. I am including one that I wrote, as an's based on jazz. I don't know if this would interest anyone, but maybe one of us could pick a topic and two others could "marginalize" it. Just an idea.
I made the drawing above, for my buddy, EJ's, trombone recital in Boulder, Co, where he is attending grad school. I thought that trombone fit nicely with the jazz theme. Let me know if this sounds fun.

Can you really be free?
Or does that just mean-
The abrasiveness of
Coarse nails on the
open slate of my thoughts?
Is it not the very restraint
Without ringing-
Freedom blasts,
Emancipated tones.
There is no other
way to speak openly.
Life happens-
Blades of grass,
the sidewalked slabs of my mind.
Groomed by no hand-


  1. I literally said, "Wow!" outloud when I saw EJ SWIDER & his slide trombone. So bold and beautiful...I'll have to give some thought to the poem that followed.

  2. i can dig the margins of your mind fellow feline!
    great poetry ~ especially right margines free jazz advocate ~ great lines ~ love the straight forward exclamation of "There is no other
    way to speak openly." really good. possibly my favorite. yeah - i'm in - sounds like fun. i'll write up a marginal entry for sure, but it may be a while.