Poem Portal #6: The Blare

friends-tv-show-wallpapers-1280x1024Ever get so lazy in front of a TV screen that you get up afterwards wondering what the heck you really wanted to do with your day?  Not your fault!  Or so went the family legend.  I can’t remember exactly when this song of mine came about, but let’s say circa age 10-13.  My mom discouraged excessive TV and my dad agreed in principle.  But “the Blare” gets him to this day.  This is a creature that lives inside TVs and makes you keep watching.  Or a how-i-met-your-motherconvenient excuse for your own lack of willpower.  Learn from my mistake, and don’t marathon sit-coms for whole weekends at a time in front of your godmother: when my sister and I were caught, we were sent on a hike up Grouse Mountain.  Anyway, even the writers in my family aren’t immune to “the Blare”.  We like to2257514-Grouse_Grind_Guide_Square-1 believe only the highest quality shows can trap us, but the truth is we have our “because it’s on and I don’t feel like thinking” shows, same as anyone.  As someone who is generally prouder of books than movies, I give you my musical self-defense:

Chorus: It’ll grab you, hold you, never let you go!

Itch you, twitch you, rock you to and fro! 

Stops you from walking, stops you from talking,toomuchTV

Beware!  Beware!  Be careful not to stare!

You’ll get no mercy from the TV Blare!

Verse 1: If you get too near, you’ll be sure to hear its cry,

No matter how you try you can’t resist,

For the Blare insists on getting you glued, 

No matter what your mood.


Verse 2:  Your parents shout, but without a doubt,senses 

The Blare’s got all your senses,

And he’s fenced them in with fences, 

They can’t get through; there’s nothing they can do,fences

They can’t understand that you’re under the command

Of the mighty Blare!  Beware!  Beware!


Verse 3: It’ll drag you in when you could’ve been

Doing something useful, something a little truthful,

It’ll strain your eyes ’til you realizebrain

It gives nothing but pain to a good, hard-working brain. 


Verse 4:  TV’s not such a terrible thing, but if there lives a Blare within,

Your life’s in danger of being pointless; stupefied, you’re completely useless!

Beware!  Beware!  Be careful not to stare!  You’ll get no mercy from the TV Blare!

Poem Portal #5: Beauty Contest


This is a recent portal (about two years ago) into the dawn of my creative collaboration with Gerda Wilson.  It was very exciting for me, after growing up in her choir, to discover I could get to know her as a fellow adult and even contribute to her projects.  She the brilliant music composer needed lyrics and story adaptation for a Native American Lore: “A Tale of Bear’s Tail”.  The tale goes that once upon a time Bear had a long, beautiful tail and was very vain about it.  Fox was just as vain about his tail, and so the opening song planned for the musical is called “Beauty Contest”.  The actors playing Bear and Fox (members of a children’s choir) have solos and then the choir leads into the next scene with a foreboding chorus.

Here are my lyrics (and if you are very lucky you are in the right city to hear them sung to Gerda’s music!)


Lovely and long; how do you go on

With a tail less glossy than mine?

Give yours a wave, see how it goes like a rat tail

Slithering, dragging and dithering

Flopping so feebly in snow


That’s such a laugh!  How can you be proud

Of a tail as black as a coal?

Soot has no glow; look how well mine

Dizzies and dazzles, fizzes and frazzles

Yours turns to ash in the snow

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Beautiful tails

Flashing in cold sun

Flip, flip, flip

The frost has come

Guard what you possess

And what you love

Nip, nip, nip

From winter’s glove