for a moment of joy or moments no one pays for, i give myself a ‘jornal’. this makes me rich. try it.

Be Sharp Or Else (for One Shoot Sunday)

litter on the beach—
fleeting clicks of feet,
timed echoes of Coney Island
soughing songs, root-less
throbs and beats
that pump the river flow within or
flints your thoughts
turn into, darting from

the breeze cavorting
on your tulle train
and into litter bins—
snag, entangle, entrap.
Be sharp watching:
your thoughts ginger-dancing
behind your parasol
must free your mind of weight

or else crushing any or all
essences that inflame your thoughts
turn into spits and sparks
you want extracted but
cannot so they rend your being
even if within you geysers
rush and pool in balance—the circus
has not started on the beach

they wait like you do–
the waiting could split you into
yawning jagged edges
for nothing. Be sharp: or else
litter turned sour heads wheeze from
and into spots you believe hidden, pushed
into crevices unknown to you, even
you, these cankered

wounds smoothed
over, but bleeding still
under skin could swell deluding you into
desires no calming breath
could stay these red bogs
within you heaving in wait for just
a drop, a sip,
a taste of pleasure.

Be sharp watching.
Or else, absent head-turns
throbbing temples blind you
to points in the fair—pennants flying:
when does the Ferris wheel stop
spinning? The roller coaster
wheezes by, the hotdogs
at Nathan’s grilling.

Be sharp
or else unseeing, you
slip into some thought
some litter you had tossed
that is you.

Posted for One Shoot Sunday from a photo of the mermaid parade in Coney Island by Danielle Kelly. Join other poets at One Stop Poetry blog who write verses for love, read those of others, leave a word of encouragement and/or insight with the same love and respect. Post your piece on your blog and sign up in the Mr. Linky list.


January 3, 2011 Posted by | free verse, poetry, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

2010 in review–Huge thanks!

I posted this “Hello World!” on 02/02/2009 to introduce what I thought this blog would be:

Jornales. Daily Wages. Why have I chosen jornales as the name of this blog? I’m neither Spanish nor English but I was brought up on both languages and on both cultures. I speak and read only smatterings of the first, fluent in the second but I am much more. I live and exist on many spheres of thought that come out as poetry, stories, essays, feature stories, news stories, scripts if need be and whatever shape or form words that seem to write themselves when I compose take on. I work hard to keep alive where I exist. And where does my jornal my daily wage come from? What is my jornal, my daily wage? Ahhh, that’s the mystery you and I will unravel in these pages. Welcome!”

Apparently, on the same day, I wrote my longish rumination on what jornales, daily wages is for me in About. And my search for “wages” other than what is measured or weighed have since taken me into a journey I hardly mapped out. My wages have not been what I had signed for, even hoped for; my reach closer to the stars but beyond the span of my arm. This review from wordpress says, “Wow!” not for the numbers, I believe, but for how this blog had turned out. It’s not all mine–whatever the merits–but yours, too, dear friends.

Thank you all! Thank you hugely!

I quote from my reply to Margaret: “Because poetry is of the heart and the soul, how can’t (I not belong to you)? You ( and all readers who strayed into here leaving but a stat) have made the year just folded over a deeply meaningful one for me–I feel like a cloud instantly transforming with a breeze taking on shapes and forms only the heart can recognize.”

May the New Year with our hearts in place, uplift us closer to where we hope to be, dream to go.

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 101 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 133 posts. There were 17 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 8mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was December 19th with 57 views. The most popular post that day was Escape (for one shoot Sunday).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were, Google Reader,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for jornales, alegria imperial,, the “cantaloupe moon”, and lyrical prose.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Escape (for one shoot Sunday) December 2010


the cantaloupe moon October 2010


About February 2009


white moonlight (edited) October 2010
4 comments and 1 Like on,


Count 1234 (One Shoot Sunday) November 2010

January 3, 2011 Posted by | culturati news/views | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment