A Casual Beggar – Soap Opera – December 11, 2014


Episode 6, 245 … on the streets of New York

Mishima Marconi* the millionaire photographer and his ex-actress wife, Maryam stand on the corner in downtown New York, shivering in the cold.

“When did Lucas say he saw Michael?” Mishima asked her for about the 100th time.

“Just last night.  He was begging near the traffic lights.” Maryam said and held her hand out to him, remembering how they’d met so many years ago.  There was a dewy dreaming look about her eyes.

“Ah … I think some god is getting his vengeance!  That our only son should become a beggar and drug addict.  I can’t believe this!” he moaned woefully.

Then, out of the dark shadows, a beggar comes towards them.

“Got a dime to spare mister?” he says with a certain amount of irony.

“Michael … oh my boy!  We’ve found you at last! Come home with us!” Maryam throws herself towards him, but he quickly backs away.

“Ah shit!  Are you still doing the loving mother role?  Too bad you two were never around when I needed you as a kid.  Always gallivanting from one country to another … the shining icons of the jet set.  Just give me some money and leave me in peace!” he growls.

Mishima, head high and chest out says: ” Don’t talk to your mother that way.  She’s been worried sick since you lit out last month.  You didn’t even take a tooth-brush with you!  Whatever were you thinking making us worry like this!”

He moves menacingly towards his son with the idea of trying to shake some sense into his brain.  Michael, backs off for a second, but then the two begin to tussle in the street.  Another beggar comes up and with him there’s a young woman.

“Stop! Stop!” she shouts.

Too late.  Mishima falls to the ground hitting his head hard on the pavement.  Blood seeps onto the dirty snow.  Micheal grabs his mother’s purse and with the other two he runs down the street.

Music plays the scene fades from our screen.

* follow the link for the original story, A Casual Beggar.

Written for Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie and Traces of the Soul

Sunday Whirl!

I was reading a beautifully written poem on “A Glass of Bubbly” today and came across a blog that I hadn’t seen as yet.  A Wordle prompt site…and I do so love wordles!

159Care-free blackbird,
Wings folded back in the morning …
Sings as the first rays of light,
Break over the mountains

Arise people come see me sing”
He seems to say as he warbles
Life is new, I’m free from dark night!
Open your eyes, if you’re not broken or dead!”

Even if for just a moment,
When everyone else sleeps
I’m calm and serene …
Whilst the blackbird sings.

Written for The Sunday Whirl Wordle #159



Samuel, whatever happened when… (Fun Poem)

Each time I read this tale my friend
I can’t help wondering what happened when,
once inspired to write these images,
having been interrupted,
your memory went into a blank!

Oh Bastet, what can I say
it was such a glorious day…
Though ill I had this awesome image
and it was more than 300 lines!
Yet that idiot from Porlock came
to sell some encyclopedias just then …
My muse shouted; “Go away!”
but I felt it would be just too rude …
I indulged him for just half an hour …
before sending him on his way.
I returned then to my pen and ink
I re-read what I had just written. …

Alas, my muse offended,
refused to answer then my call,
no words nor phrases came again that day
nor did I find those words again,
to tell the tale of Xanadu …
Of the ice caves not a line nor rhyme,
my poem was gone
never to return to me.
From that time to now I’ll tell you this,
no longer do I interrupt my writing bliss
I ignore anyone who knocks
upon my door …
and I hate Porlock town!


Written for Poetry Promt 3, We drink Because We’re Poets

February Smiles…thanks to a lemon!

This month being February…the coldest month in the northern hemosphere, I  think some smiles are in order to get us through it!  So I gladly search for smiles thanks to All about Lemons prompt!

I thought I’d begin with Mr. Oranges Break Dance!

Mr. Oranges Blossom Dance!

Have you ever heard of the Annoying Orange….

The Annoying Orange meets the Monster Burger!

Here we have Annoying Orange with a Mother’s Day Special!

To round everything off…a music video entitled: “Yakap sa dilim-ORANGE and LEMON-“

Have a great Sunday and a Fantastic February!

February Is Smile Music Passion!

Ooops…Help! I’m under the influence of Loki!

Hello everyone.  I don’t know what’s come over me, I mean, yes from time to time I do have silly streaks..

This morning…I received this gift from my sister, Sekhmet loved it:

Have you seen the scary snow man yet?

What about kitties in a tree….

But this has got to be one of the funniest I’ve seen yet!

Ok…let me get back to work, I’ve fooled around this morning!

T. S. Eliot: The naming of Cats

I had guests on Tuesday…a friend named Matteo (which means the gift of god, which one isn’t quite clear,  I think he’s Loki’s gift) who is an Ubuntu enthusiast, his wife and another friend.  Preparing dinner I put “Cats” on the computer and enjoyed for the umpteenth bazillioneth time that fantastic ballet and musical.

From Bookmarked! Click the pic to go to the site!

From Bookmarked! Click the pic to go to the site!

T. S. Eliot wrote a lovely book of poetry entitled: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. And of course “Cats” is the stage version of this great poem.  This comes from his book, and below you can hear him reading it.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Courtesy of Wikipedia

The Naming of Cats

by T. S. Eliot

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo, or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey –
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames –
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter –
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular,
A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride –
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkstrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover –
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

(I had to giggle at all the “mistakes” WordPress wants me to correct in this poem!)

Let’s not forget this lovely song and scene:

Have a great day!


Peter Gabriel – “Growing Up Live” – (Complete) – © 2013

I just thought I’d put this on here so if someone wants to listen to a great concert they can.  It’s from the YouTube:

Published on 10 Aug 2012

© 2013 itspetergabriel, All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
1:42 “Here Comes the Flood”
6:28 “Darkness”
12:57 “Red Rain”
19:12 “Secret World”
27:46 “Sky Blue”
36:56 “Downside Up”
42:40 “The Barry Williams Show”
52:37 “More Than This”
59:49 “Mercy Street”

Have fun.

YouTube, the Internet Archives and Copyright….

This first video was made back in 2010..we took a walk. I, camera in hand wanted to try and capture the flavor of our area and put it up on the YouTube for my family’s pleasure…I chose the Blue Danube Waltz to musically represent Arco, because our town once was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and would have often heard the likes of it in it’s not so distant past.  I found a 1934 copy on the Internet Archives…public domain therefore, right?  Seems it’s not always so…

It all began when I thought I take some of my many photographs and put them to music…I’d never used programs to create videos and it was not easy to put them together…the results are just so so.  The most difficult part was finding where I could download music that was not covered by some sort of copy write…these laws, which were created to protect the artists way back in time (if I remember correctly the first were created in England in the 1600s) have become really invasive…from 10 years in the beginning now days they’ve passed from 50 years renewable….and sometimes more.  Not only in the United States by the way but in Europe as well…don’t know about the rest of the world.

This video was my first ever experiment…I  received a contestation…the music seems was under copy write, at least according to someone!  This recording came from the Internet Archives as the music above…a 1928 version of Cannon’s Jug Stompers,  Viola Lee Blues.  I rejected it, giving my reasons, then a new note came up…and here it is:

“Your video may include music that is owned by a third party.

To hear the matched music please play the video on the right. The video will play from the point where the matched content was identified.

Here are the details:

  • “Cannon’s Jug Stompers-Viola Lee Blues”, sound recording administered by: 0:01

    SME Dispute rejected; claim has been reinstated.
    Koch Entertainment

To learn more about how claims impact your videos click here.

At present as you can see if you’ve clicked the “Your video is blocked…etc.” this video cannot be seen in Germany.
So, although I had fun doing my 4 or 5 videos, I decided it wasn’t worth the bother to pursue this activity…apart from the fact I’d have to really find a better program…learn how to use it…and all that, it’s time consuming work, and I’d have to create my own music too!
Often music publishers (seems some film and book publishers do the same) rake the public domain and then make compilations which they put up for sale, sometimes they even copy write their edition, including content, though in fact they shouldn’t be able to do so, as they’ve no right to ownership of the original work, just their publishing effort.  Due to the present state of the laws, you run into this problem very often.
Oh and the irony of this is that who’s contesting me here is “Koch Entertainment” … my last name is Koch, no relationship obviously …