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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Birdsong for the Working SparringK9

(a paltry attempt at glorification and appreciation)
Sing to me O’ Muse!

Of four-foots and steamin’ hot browns,
Nanny-killing stares,
And a dog waggin’ tail, circling round and round.

Sing to me of the witness
Who heard my testifying
Saw my signifying
And recognized the Bird
With thorn impaled.

Sing of the ruff rough
And bark/bark/bark
And growling, snarling, slathering
Who turned out to be
A true blue hound
A rot beyond compare.

A conservative, agrarian, southern dog
Yet traveled, cosmopolitan, learned, and never square
A hep dawg of jivin’ skill
And rhymin’ schemes
Makin’ all manner of bloggin’ scenes.
A code-switching beast

Sing! Sing, o’ bloggers all,
For the dog days of January
Are up on us!
Sing an opus
A concerto, a baroque.
Sing the blues
What have you got to lose?
Sing and go for broke!

Sound it out staccato
Weave it in and out.
Trill it high
Trill it low
Sing it to and fro.
Shake it up
Shake it down.
Don’t leave no corner of the town
Without the sound!

Bird is callin’.
She’s been stallin’.
No time left to delay!

Call and respond
No time for despond
Edify, testify and claim him!Not even a song so poor is shamin’!
He’s the dawg – he’s the one - the demidog!
K9 is the dog for our times!

Flap and Swoosh!
Don’t be no silly goose!
The dog will still be on the loose!

Sing to me O’ Muse!

Of four-foots and steamin’ hot browns
Nanny-killing stares,
And a dog waggin’ tail, circling round and round.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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January 15, 2007 2:10 AM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

I really like those pictures.

January 15, 2007 4:52 AM  
Blogger boneman said...

The first one looks "painted" but the second one looks t'be hooked.
Is that right?
Are you an artist hiding in a wee bird's body?

Cool city!

January 15, 2007 8:52 AM  
Blogger K9 said...

/bark bark bark

boydie you bring a sting to the eye. that's a beautiful flow grrrrrrrrl.... and a valentine i will print out and save, hold it to my heart and reread on the days im feeling low. what a sweet tern of words. a gift i will cherish just as i have cherished you boyed. thank you.

of course your other admirers will be sick. especially percy!!

i will still be stopping by this roost to bark and howl even as SK9 goes inactive. you will not shake me off your migratory path sweet boydie

/(soft) grrrrrrrr and wag

January 15, 2007 8:58 AM  
Blogger Bird said...

boney and LL - the pics are sampled from the Internet and are the work of Roy Deforest to whom K9 turned me on.

but yes, boneman, i am an artist hiding in this bird's body - but i am a lousy artist indeed. i make messes - for the process and the fun -and quite sporadically.

btw readers - the deleted comment was spam - i only delete spam.

K9! - hahahaha my "other admirers". percy is precoccupied right now. some other bird i think - or some dame. he is a fickle poesy-man. i suppose his fickleness is what lures me.

but i am glad you will keep track of my flight path! we shan't lose you completely!

January 15, 2007 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


(to coin a word)

bird, a magnificent
and memorable tribute to a fine & furry friend -- the k9 might well count himself amongst the living lucky of the fido few to receive such honour -- rottie royalty -- really!


January 15, 2007 9:44 AM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

Bird, I posted here when you had that spam. I did see it. So I can testify it was spam.

January 15, 2007 10:06 AM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

AH, Bird, honey this heah is so fine! Ya done so so good!

January 15, 2007 11:44 AM  
Blogger K9 said...

/bark bark bark

its just me again, reading the poem from my boydie.

/(soft) grrrrr

January 16, 2007 5:35 AM  
Blogger Peaches said...

Aww shucks...
We are all going to be so jealous that he got all the kudos and a poem to boot.
We who love you equally if not more will be waiting our turn with the tern.

Lucky dog!!

January 16, 2007 4:19 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

I heard...you gotta Birdday comin'???

January 16, 2007 4:23 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

peaches - i've tried numeous times to write a tribute poem, or as percy b silly might say- an ode - to all the bloggers i've become attached to. alas - the working copy sucks big time and is in no shape to post.

yes - ab - gotta a birdday comin. woohoo. i will be ... i ain't saying... at least not until i get there.

January 16, 2007 5:56 PM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

birdie, when is your birthday?

January 16, 2007 5:59 PM  
Blogger Bird said...


i notice quite a few bloggers have birthdays in january.

we should have a big party.

i'll serve hmmm...margaritas? french 75s? gin martinis?
maybe sangria - then we can have steamed mussels and fried plantain, black beans, .... hmmm... what else should we have LL? t/.'s birthday was just this past week right? hey t/. - where are you ? what do you want on the menu?

we should plan a blogger's night - everyone on line and drinking steadily and visiting blogs - mauyden does that peridoically anyway - hahahaha! we should all do that! hahahaha! (i am a bit hysterical now, hahahahaha!)

January 16, 2007 6:22 PM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

That sounds like fun. I want to join in. /t.'s birthday was the 10th. Carmen said her birthday was then too.

January 16, 2007 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a blog
party sounds
like fun, with
or without drinks,
but for sure where all participants are actively engaged in a single collaborative effort, ie., a party -- a birthday could be a workable theme (reason to party) or something related to blogging, like new posts, possibly by several or all of the participants

anyway, thinking out loud... i'm in for whatever happens


January 16, 2007 10:16 PM  
Blogger Peaches said...

I know how old you will be and it should be a doozie of a party to celebrate your 'coming of age'.

It is a wonderous thing.
You are a wonderous thing.

Bring it on....


January 17, 2007 3:41 PM  
Blogger Percival said...

An ill-chosen subject.

Sniff, indignantly,


January 17, 2007 5:09 PM  
Blogger LADY LUXIE said...

Woooow!!!!...Bravo!!..Oh' how pretty!...What a talent you are Bird!

January 17, 2007 5:49 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

/t. and all -
i think an asynchonous (sp?) blogging event should definitely occur.

i will muse on this a bit - and hope y'all will too. perhaps we can coordinate later.

at present, i am beset by other commitments. but this blog party is definitely on my agenda.

January 17, 2007 11:31 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

What a lovely homage to the pooch! Bravo, sweet chickadee!

January 18, 2007 12:09 AM  
Blogger Percival said...

Double-sniff, with uffish thoughts...

January 18, 2007 7:24 AM  
Blogger Bird said...

Petulant Percy,

I am hard-pressed to refrain from planting one of my delicate, dainty, yet nonetheless forceful feet(with prettily-painted toesies) squarely on your posterior. But I wish not to ruin my pedicure, of which I am quite protective(and proud - lovely toesies indeed have I).

But o' uffish one, your sniffling must cease!

Yes, Percy Pet, you are quite distressing me!

January 18, 2007 8:21 AM  
Blogger Bird said...

Sweet Amy,
Thank you for your kind remarks. (Blush, blush.)

January 18, 2007 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any memories of our old friend Cosmo related here??

January 19, 2007 1:07 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

Hey there CJ - no this isn't related to Cosmo - but now i'm thinking of that great dog.

remember the silly story i wrote about that dog?

gosh - take me back.

January 19, 2007 1:12 PM  
Blogger boneman said...

Came to apologize 'cause I did a blatant disrespect, though quite unintentional.

You did the poem, yes?

Just 'cause it falls out'a m'fingertips on occassion doesn't mean it ain't art...

So, I reckon that means you ARE an artist, and not particularly a "mess maker" always, eh?

January 19, 2007 5:11 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

no aplogies needed boneman.

i am not a visual artist.

and i am far too often a paltry writer.

but sometimes,sometimes, life is good and i turn a phrase, or cast the perfect sentence, or create a poem that works - and then, yes, i am an artist!

but i am indeed a consistently excellent mess-maker!sometimes, i will take a picture of one of my sporadic (and spastic) messes and post it.

alas - no time for messes now - the semester is upon me! squawk!

January 19, 2007 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


any more thots
on that blog party?

is it ok to start early(!) :)

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January 19, 2007 5:55 PM  
Blogger Crashtest Comic said...

I could do a blog party--(can't drink though...)

(great poem)

January 20, 2007 8:45 AM  
Blogger Mayden's Voyage said...

I thought I'd left a note here! (/grrrr, blogger!)
This was lovely...
Well said Bird- as usual :)

"Dog on the loose"- and all is right with the world (blog world anyway :)

January 20, 2007 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's a
blog eat dog
world, people...


January 20, 2007 9:59 AM  
Blogger Bird said...

ooohhh. /t. hmmmm....

ok everyone - we will definitely have a blogger party


i am in the throes of completing three major projects by monday as well as kicking up my heels in celebration of my upcoming b-day - so please be patient - i will plan a blogger party shortly (relatively speaking).


January 20, 2007 10:22 AM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

Sounds like fun. I want to join in.

I hope you have a happy birthday. Are you going to teach that day or take it off?

January 20, 2007 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

take it off,
of course,
take it all off

let's party! :)


January 21, 2007 12:46 AM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Hidy Do Bird Beauty...is this yore big day? Iffin' I missed it, sorry. Anyhow, this heah is jes' a little wish for the most felicitous celebration!

January 21, 2007 5:33 AM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

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January 21, 2007 5:33 AM  
Anonymous lettuce said...

Gosh, what a lot of comments! I must come back and read them all later.

So nice to have you visiting again. I've enjoyed catching up a bit on your posts. Sorry I missed the sexual politics discussion, that was so interesting and I liked what you said.

January 21, 2007 8:45 AM  
Anonymous CJ said...

I remember a story about Cosmo you wrote.....only wish I kept a copy. I do remember it was a work of art imho. Our musical friend Dominic Tiberius did however write a song for him. "Don't You Cause No Mo' Trouble Cosmo"
I gave it an 83 cause you can dance to it......

January 22, 2007 7:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dog?

It was an experiment, right!
A bitch of an experiment!


January 22, 2007 2:45 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

Sorry I missed the party - hope you had a great time.

I've tagged you - see my blog for details. (23rd Jan)

January 23, 2007 12:36 AM  
Blogger infinitesimal said...



(in Fat Tony voice)

Well, it has been a year,
we have shared secrets and friendships and each others trust. We have formed communities and kept nicknames... Boyed, Rottie, Vanille... and now it looks like we are disbanding.

The dog is getting teased it seems, and I am getting made fun of too, in photochop form...

So who needs the blog-a-verse?

I think it has served it's purpose.

I have made some lush and trusted friends.

Do you know that I have sitemeter? and besides you and K9 and Jack K and maybe one or two others, that about 80 people a DAY search out that one Best Friends picture?

I got so annoyed that I deleted it, but Blogger never forgets, and so... My blog exists to be a source of the worlds most annoying best friends drawing.

Sad. really really sad.

Happy Birthday Boyed.

It was really fun helping out with your class.

January 23, 2007 4:48 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Bird, about K-9:
Amicus verus est rara avis

January 25, 2007 9:40 AM  

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