Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Rubbing the Lava Lamp

I always feel as if I’m desperate.
Life goes so slowly,
It never seems to do
Something valuable.

I guess its incompatible;
It goes on so it has
Continuity but nothing
Ever seems to go together.

Elliot tells us of his insubstantial
Days of chores and mindless tasks;
We hope to see some change
But all we have is familiarity.

Life undulates through my hands sensuously
But never seems to escape the lamp.

12 comments:

Aurora said...

This is excellent, Russell, both in content and treatment. Well done!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Aurora! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are ready to celebrate the New Year! Best to you, my sweet and thanks for the happy words.

Don Iannone said...

Perfect word use and love the lava lamp. Hope you are having a great holiday. Just one word: "Tucson!"

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Don! Tucson is the name of it for sure, although I will go to Seattle while I am in the good old US of A. We have actually had a rainy night and it is still sprinkling this morning. It is not too bad though because I managed to barbecue before the rain started. I'm glad you liked this. My son in law's new Lava lamp is sitting on the desk next to the computer. It provided the inspiration.

ozymandiaz said...

when I was a kid I got in trouble for rubbing my lava lamp all the time...

oh wait...

differant analogy.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hi Ozy! Yup, wrong analogy. But I do like the hook-up between hope and onanism. It's a bit cynical but very interesting. Thanks for the great comment, my friend.

Pat Paulk said...

Russell, only you could write a poem using a "lava lamp". So you're headed to the US of A?

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Pat! Actually I thought I was kind of playing in your playground - seeing the new in familiar things. Yes I am in the US right now, got here on the 23rd and am enjoying the wonderful climate in Tucson. I'll take a trip to Seattle also, before I head back to Central Asia. Thanks for the great comment, my friend and congratulations on a year of Laughing Ghosts!

Anonymous said...

I feel that way too. Life has this eternal habit of doing just this!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks gautami tripathy! Its true, much of the time we seem to be rubbing the wrong lamp in life. Thanks for the great comment, sweet lady.

Sue hardy-Dawson said...

Those mindless tasks are desperate to make me do them-however I favour pointless tasks, much more fun and in no particular order. Christmas-the season of washing up and cooking Russel Happy New Year

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Sue, I'm in favor of that! One must plug some fun into life, heavens knows there's more than enough of the dull.

Sue, I hope you had a happy Christmas, a happy Boxing Day, a happy New Year, and that your health is fully back!