Posts Tagged ‘growing up’

Serving, Not Attending: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

January 29, 2017

You reach a point in/
life when you stop attending/
and just start doing.

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Sad To Hear Ziggy Starman’s Passing – RIP David Bowie: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku(s) Lament(s)

January 11, 2016

I just leaned back on/
my radio and bid the/
Thin White Duke adieu.
OR
I just leaned back on/
my radio and bid the/
Starman a farewell.

AND
On Ziggy’s Segue — My Favorite: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku Lament
Ziggy played guitar /
as I grew up. Hey man, may/
his loud sounds not fade.

AND
original found poems / haiku inspired by David Bowie (RIP)

Dancin’ With Mr. D: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku
Today, if I had /
some red shoes I would put them/
on and dance the blues.

AND
We Have In Common Surprise: Revolutionary IMprov Haiku

Commonalities:/
“Hey that’s far out! So you heard/
him too!!” surprised me.
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Overview of how David Bowie influenced me:
Share a comment, reflection or memory related to David Bowie and/or his passing:
Leaning back on my radio in Milwaukee in the early 70’s, I heard the amazing sax and guitar rocking riffs of “Suffragette City”. Blown away, I anxiously waited until the end of the song for the DJ (not hazy cosmic jive) to announce the name of the song, the artist and album. Gathering my coins together, I rode my bike up to the record store on Silver Spring Drive and anxiously asked the cashier if they had “Ziggy Stardust by some Bowie guy”.
Listening to the album, I at first didn’t like the slower, ballad/bluesy songs that made up most of the concept album… but then grew into loving them — and the amazing lyrics — as much as the fast-paced pieces.
When Aladdin Sane came out, I bought it when it first hit the shelves, and hung the centerfold poster on my wall. My dad made me take it down, saying it was a bad influence on my younger brother.
PinUps, with Bowie’s amazing covers of older rock classics, was my next and final purchase. School, travel, missionary work and marriage removed me from an active fan status, but I always watched his work with interest, and wanted to see him in concert.
I never took the chance.
As a Mormon missionary with a companion who HATED me, it was my air guitar quote of “Ziggy Played Guitar” which got my companion to start talking to me about music (and, boy, could he play guitar!), and turned a hater into one of my best friends.
And the lyrics! So bizarre and complicated, yet so accessible and amazing. Mr. D. was truly a genius who let us dance in our own style.
“Hey that’s far out! So you heard him too!”
David Kuhns, Springville, Utah / Milwaukee, Wisconsin — Jan. 12, 2016

Rite Of Passage: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

November 20, 2015

Rite of Passage -- Winterizing the BoatWhen you’re old enough,/
you at last get to help Dad/
winterize the boat.

Delivered In Idaho: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

February 15, 2015

Watching the young grow/
and teach virtue and knowledge/
is satisfying.Teaching virtue and knowledge in Church

Adolescents Hot Tubing At The Flamingo: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

January 15, 2015

Hot tub boy-men put/
soap foam beards on their faces./
They can’t grow their own.

Fearing Her Return: Revolutionary ImproVerse Free Verse Poem

January 7, 2014

She is no longer
the daughter
of the town drunk.

She is the girl
who left,
grew up,
became a woman,
found the truth,
made something of herself,
raised great children,
and lived a life
full of good deeds
and accomplishments.

She just has to learn those truths
and let go.

She’s already let God.

Growing Up Stopping The Dance: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

May 25, 2013

When, as children, do/
we fin’lly made the choice to/
stop our joyful dance?

Growing Pains: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

December 30, 2012

I’m not who I was/
I just wish someone would tell/
my parents that truth.

Learning To Think: Revolutionary Email Haiku

April 28, 2010

Our time reminds me/
of growing up, Milwaukee:/
How I learned to think.