Over the basement door & the door to the dining-room I these two pairs of plaster ‘ornaments’ that I bought in the early 2000’s at a street sale on my street. This was an annual event early in July – will it happen this year? I doubt it as interest in it has declined over the years to the point where only a few house drag stuff out. At one time it was almost a real flea-market with tables of brass, dvd’s, & the like.
I did have stuff, back in the day, & sold off lots of lps, useless nick-knacks, even books. With so much covid purging the past few months I’ve seen possible street sale stuff dragged to the curb to take away or trash so I doubt if there’ll much even if there is a street sale.
Any way I bought these, now of dubious political-correctness, orientalist hangings. Hand-painted, with a couple of chips, there when purchased. Very 50’s, early 60’s feel to them that I love. the perfect size for over a doorway. I resisted a set of grapes & also a set of daises. They lacked the true kitch these have.
By the basement door is this poster on a board. It was an unexpected bonus when I bought the newly-released, expanded, collectors’ edition of The Return of The King at Sam’s or maybe it was HMV. I had picked it pop for my partner who was is TGH at the time for heart issues. As it was unexpected I had to cart it there & then home on the subway.
By the window is my orange tree (now outside for the summer). It was started from a seed that had sprouted in the orange. I planted it & it actually grew. Full spectrum grow light over it. Beside it, against the wall, is ‘Sober-Up.’ Enamelled metal, 30’s style advertising – that maybe be for a real product. It was part of a friend’s estate – when he passed I got to chose a few items & this seemed like a clear choice.
Finally another yard-sale purchase – an egg chicken. Every kitchen needs a chicken. You life the top off & store eggs in the body. I’ve never used it to store anything mind you but I love it. Hand painted with a bit of a 30’s retro about it at the same time. I doubt if it is a period piece though. I also doubt if people keep eggs outside of the fridge either.
I know you’re sore
after that gal you’d been hitting on
walked out on you
after three drinks
how the last two chicks you dated
dumped you via text message
one of them still won’t return your calls
how they turn into such selfish bitches
but just because I’m a clean old queer
doesn’t mean I have any interest
in your macho macho meat
the fact that you’re straight
just ain’t my aphrodisiac
you may think I’m one of those
predatory homos you are sure
are always lurking around
hungry for any straight guy
to fall into my eager mouth
you are in a dream world
the fact that I checked out our jeans
I was wondering where you got them
you know in this light
you are sort of cute
and kind of sweetly drunk
but I’m not drunk enough
so why don’t you find your buds
you aren’t getting anything here
‘cause if them nasty hos
you always seem to end up with
aren’t interested I’m certainly not
the fact that you’re straight
just ain’t my aphrodisiac mac
I do have a limited number of the original Distant Music chapbook for sale for $25.00 each (includes surface mail postage). Send via the paypal above along with where to send it.