Honoring Norman Mallory (Zlatko Waterman) RIP 3/26/13
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Post by Zlatko Waterman » November 4th, 2005, 5:56 pm

(performance notes: Where I play music in the open, an old acquaintance lurks. The people who haunt downtown -- many homeless, some mentally unbalanced, including her-- circulate freely)


“Look for me under your boot-soles.”
–Walt Whitman

Like mint-collared bourgeois cremes,
many townsmen put it at a premium,

like touching the French bellringer’s hump,
his incensed cry
rinsing glory from plain clouds.

Crazy Ellie got behind me
and pecked me on the cheek--
trigger-fingered hands aimed lower.

She stood in
the Farmer’s Market and danced
a slow tar-strip waltz.

Once you’ve had her
they say
she never leaves you
you are locked in her heart
or under the diamond tread of her
tambourine boot-soles.

So it was a grace to be nibbled by

her mouth, a red cave of air
fresh from the bite of
ocean rhubarb.

For just a moment
I was happy.


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Post by mnaz » November 4th, 2005, 7:05 pm

"rinsing glory from pain clouds"..... exquisite strife.

(captures the soul of Seattle, today, 11/4)....

I enjoyed the read very much, Zlatko. Thanks for a vivid look in.

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Post by mousey1 » November 4th, 2005, 7:36 pm

I was drawn to The Madwoman's Kiss like the mad woman I am...

I was not disappointed.

Little did she know she would be described so richly and read so appreciatively.

Thank-you for sharing her.
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Post by abcrystcats » November 5th, 2005, 12:27 am

Is this the homeless blonde woman? Lipstick? Always fully made up? Older?

Just a guess.

I know she hangs around the Ventura County area and I frequently saw her in T.O.


Post by hester_prynne » November 5th, 2005, 8:04 pm

Here's to many many more happy moments for all of us.....

H 8)

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Post by gypsyjoker » November 5th, 2005, 8:10 pm

I can't remember if I read it somewhere, probably?
the phrase
"poetic inhalation" comes to mind. As if I red all the lines at once,
that was beautiful

ten four
bye bye blackbird
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Post by creativesoul » January 8th, 2018, 11:22 am

Is it the passion of the madwoman that makes her kiss
Tame the bliss of the Randy man
Sometimes it is just because she can
The courtesan raises many questions about love
Belonging to the hunger from deep within
That insatiable need to touch- to feel
This was the madwoman and her heat

Have some water with a squeeze of lime
Clean your palate
Taste that kiss
reason is over rated, as is logic and common sense-i much prefer the passions of a crazy old woman, cats and dogs and jungle foliage- tropic rain-and a defined sense of who brings the stars up at night and the sun up in the morning---

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