Sunday, January 27, 2008


it is not today it is tomorrow
assertions of discomfort
accusations instead of requests
the lonely litany of proving others wrong
domestic pain on the half shell
the full fury of a bite
dissected in mid-air
the vampire as a victorian silhouette
the vasectomy of life

the herodotus of failure
in leather volumes
with blood running down their backs
the piles of lazy dishes
the lilting halo of cupidity
numerical as sin
but well grounded in
ever-shifting theology
and prismatic light
glancing off the scales
of unbalanced philosophy from discussions
held by the apple tree

when the end has come
I’ll take the dishrag
releasing all the brown halos
purging to the core
the earthly sins
that have trapped you here
and bid your soul
song along the skyline
and speed exceeding
God knowing what you have prayed for


Queen Neetee said...

Real heady stuff my friend, but so beautifully breathed onto the page.

Everyday life taken for a spin outside the boxy one dimensional rules of the man.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Queen Neetee! Got to spend some time outside the box every time the chance comes. I'm greatful, as always, for that exceptionbal comment, my friend.

Pat Paulk said...

I hope she learned to leave apples alone, unless it's a Mac. Where'd you hide the door to get back in the box??? As always great stuff!!

Middle Ditch said...

Lovely verse.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks Pat! What a fabulous comment, my old friend. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hi Middle Ditch and welcome! I'm glad you liked it.

ozymandiaz said...

this one kinda left my head spinning. lots to read into here

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hey Ozy! Yeh there's a whole load packed in here. Thanks for the great comment my friend!

rch said...

Hey Russell, wow there is a lot here but one thing sticks in my mind - numerical as sin - that is great stuff. Take care,


Russell Ragsdale said...

Hey Bob! Yeah, there is kind of a lot of stuff here but, that is my favorite line too. Thanks for those great words, my friend.