Poles apArt

These telephone poles are just north of the Danforth along Greenwood Ave., in front of Danforth Tech. I usually don’t walk along the west side of the street so didn’t notice this art installation until earlier this year. All are on the north side of the poles so motorists will see them. From the weathering of the wood they have been here for some time.

David Bowie tribute?

ragged star glory
stars over the mountains
the pole star
shattered star
a peeling star
Is that a face before me?
red star

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Standing On Guard

Most of these are ornamental statues that are meant to be more than decorative. All are meant to either attract good luck or repel bad luck. I see various sizes of the Chinese lions more often than the others. The courtier is a one-of-a-kind outside a hotel in Stratford, Ontario.

Chinese lions – Fu Foo Dogs
Fu Foo Dog close up
guarding serenity
griffins on O’Connor
happy to threaten you
Stratford courtier with cookies
or is that a hamburger
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Kensington Market July 2021

Took a stroll through Kensington Market this past week. The last I was there was early last March to do a feature at the Secret Handshake Gallery. Then the pandemic shutdown took over. I was dismayed at the number fo closures but many of these merchants were already being squeezed out before covid. It’s becoming a hive of pot dispensaries.

On Augusta at Wales
more of above – more work by this artist across the street
sidewalk Kensington near St. Andrew
head of above – sidewalk Kensington near St. Andrew
sidewalk Kensington near St. Andrew
fallen angels? sidewalk Kensington near St. Andrew
Nassau/Spadina ready for redevelopment
Spadina/Nassau – cursed be those who redevelop
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How Dare She

How Dare She

the outrage

at her success

was matched by the publicity

the outrage

brought her success


how dare she

a woman

write like a man

how dare she 

use men

the way men used women


the obscenity 

of carnality on stage

was too much 

for the male powers that be

when she wouldn’t back down

they shut her down

sent her to prison

sentenced her to becoming

the top box office draw of the decade

despite being a woman


her success

didn’t silence her censors

it only made them more eager


to teach her a lesson

to be obedient

to shut her mouth

watch her words

or they would snip the words

so only the censors heard them


so she

took her money to the bank

& bid the public

good bye


how dare she
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Psycho Zombies

Psycho Zombies in the Rain

it was raining ballerinas

you know

rain so heavy

each drop created a splash tutu

as it landed

on its one toe

to join the corps du puddle

a literal rain dance


wet ragged gene-mutated zombie

staggering down the street

skin stinking in the rain

crumbling for the lure of brains

grabs a light pole

flings aimless decaying arm

drops into the gutter

eyes washed but not cleaned

lightening strikes

the unlucky char

washed down the sewer drain


the rain not a sheet but a curtain

a shower curtain

lightening cuts through it

an electrified knife

stab stab after stab

screams drowned out by the rain

rain so heavy

we can’t see across the street

can’t see 

through the car window

wiper blades not cutting it

smearing rain like blood

on a steamy bathroom tile

There was a flurry of mash-up horror movies & books ie: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies; Abe Lincoln: Vampire Slayer. I have a friend who does a piece about Hollywood adding zombies to anything to make it more commercial. Try it by adding Zombie to any movie title: Beach Party Zombie Bingo – Zombie on A Hot Tin Roof – Three Zombies Outside Ebbing, Missouri – actually these three sound pretty interesting 🙂

The title of this piece is clearly a reference to Singing in the Rain. In particular the rain sequence with non-mutated Gene Kelly splashing in puddles, swinging from a lamp pole  at one point. Not that zombies are ever agile enough to dance & I’m not sure how they cope with rain either – being rotting corpses after all. The rules for zombies morphs from movie to movie. I’m not sure how long they live if they don’t eat brains.

As Kelly swings on the lamp the camera picks up on his huge eyes full of hope & love. Eyes so clear that have to be a special effect 🙂 I can see this moment so vividly. I imagine it as a limited edition lamp hmmm – get the Franklin Mint on the line. ‘unlucky char’ echoes one of the songs from the movie: lucky star.

The Psycho of the title comes from the sheets of rain which naturally bring to mind a couple of scenes in Hitchcock’s Psycho. Janet Leigh driving in the rain mashed up with her shower scene unprepared for the rain of stabbing. She’s not singing in the shower.

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Nuit Blanche Danforth Style

For the first time my local stretch of the Danforth – from Greenwood to Coxwell – participated in Nuit Blanche. There was nothing between Greenwood & Linnsmore. In fact there was no Blanche on the southside of Danforth until one got to the Roberston Parkette where there was a long set of tables for an early scrabble game.

The bulk of the action was along the north side – with musicians, window displays & lots of people taking photographs.

Scrabble in the wild

Make Love Not War

Red Rocket window – I liked the way the actual cafe lighting became a part of the piece

Masks on the wall outside the Linnsmore Tavern

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Cash Cars

Two stand alone’s next on the pop shelf: first – The Cars: Heartbeat City. Oh yes, the early 80’s American pop – not be confused with rock i.e. the Ramones – not disco – not Brit romantic ego – but good old USA radio video fodder. Without MTV I don’t know if this band would have hit what heights it hit.


They were established before this CD hits the market but it was the Andy Warhol video for Hello Again that pushed them to the top. State of the art at the time the visuals were funny, the music was energetic and fresh. Drive was another smash that owes a lot to the visuals but the song has a lief without them. Though if Celine Dion covers it is it merely middle of the road after all. But that does mean she, or her producers, have better taste than I give them credit for.sculp02

The cd holds together well. Tightly written songs though it is clearly of the early 80’s in studio sound. I didn’t pick it up until 2010 mind you more for memory than because I was a Cars fan. I paid $4.99 for it at HMV. Remember buying cd’s? sculp03

After them on the shelf is Johnny Cash: The Hits – on Mercury. I mention table because there so many versions of his hits. I picked this up way mack in 1998 because I wanted Ring of Fire & I Walk The Line. I think I had seen documentary about him & versions of these were included. I love the lyrics so searched them out.

What surprised me the most was the TexMex horns on these songs. He must have recorded these songs different times with different arraignments. I have done no research so can’t tell you if these are the original singles that I recollect hearing not he radio growing up or what but they are fine.sculp04

The cd is a a good introduction to Cash & also to country music of that time. There’s isn’t a lot of this sort of music in my collection either & what is has been added in the last few years. As a teen I hated country western music but now have no dislike for it but no real interest either. I walk that line comfortably.


12 things I miss about you (not in any order)

1 your smile

2 cosmetic bag filled with enough cosmetics for three weeks on a desert island [which is where I’d love to be with you]

3 shoe bags

4 that first real kiss after not seeing you for months

5 our flesh bare for the first time

6 the crinkle of your pubic hair

7 the smoky taste of of your tongue

8 the smell of your balls

9 the taste of your precome

10 your groan of pleasure

11 the hot splash of your come on my belly

12 your voice

12 things I love about you (not in any order)

1 the way you walk

2 your eager intensity

3 your worry about money

4 your cozy little apartment

5 your smile

6 your voice when you call me

7 that first real kiss after not seeing you for a week

8 the heft of your balls as your cock gets hard

9 your little leg over mine when we snuggle under the covers

10 the hot splash of your come

on my belly

11 the gleam in your eye when you have a naughty thought

12 your photo eye

You know this list goes on and on, so I limited it to 12 so as not to embarrass you too much, just enough to let you know I care. There are qualities that can’t be listed that bring & keep people together in the way we have be brought & kept together.

Each love is a different opportunity to experience and grow with another person. Sometimes not in the ways our dreams would want but always in the ways that God allows.

So many opportunities slip by when we stay stuck in our dreams and often those opportunities can out last the dream if we are open to them.

Thanks for being one of my opportunities, for being someone who has left my dream far behind and given me a reality far deeper and richer than anything I might have imagined in the first place.

Stay well till we meet again, which is never soon enough –



June 3-5: attending: Capturing Fire 2016 – The DC Centre – 2000 14th St NW, Suite 105 – Washington, DC



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