Monday, August 31, 2009

CaLokie

ONCE 100 BOTTLES OF BEER ON WALL

Once 100 bottles of beer on wall. One fell.
A journey of 9,999 kilometers begins with 99.9% step.
Grandma celebrated her 99th birthday like it was 1999.
After 99 day fast, I eat 99 hot dogs.
In 9th race $9 bet on 9 wins $99.
In 9th inning, 9th batter knocks in 9th run.
Buy 99 roses 99¢ each for 99 true loves.
When 999 stands on its head it becomes 666.
99th President pulls last troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Barbara Cogswell

TO THE NINES

At first perusal, nine's just next to number ten
but on the second, its imbued with mathematical properties
no other number can display; added digits of each
of its multiples equals nine, at least that's true
for one through ten, given the decimal system and
a rational number line, but what John Lennon meant
when he repeated "number nine" no one has said.
He might have explained, had he the cat's nine
instead of the one loneliest number he ever did.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Anita Holzberg

UNTITLED

Nine geese flying over the landscape far from trees
The ninth symphony resounds in my head from waking
Nine supreme court justices open wounds with their rebuttal
Nine round oranges fall from the way laden tree
Nine sweet roses of yellow mark the fall someone's grave
Nine hot mamas selling hot dogs at Times Square
Nine wayward ants trumpeting up someone's open arm sleeve
Nine sultry snakes looking for cool green respite
Nine fabulous females riding horses in the fine rotunda

Sample 999 poem by moi

MUSING

Asked Calliope to help me compact an epic poem
Said first I had to consult great historian Clio
Rather get into bed with Erato's kind of knowledge
Euterpe may be kind enough to offer lovely lines
Spend time in Melpomene's presence for those necessary tears
And Polyhymnia's sonorous advice should make my poesy sing
Even Terpsichore might dance out some mellifluous word symbols
Still need leavening so to Thalia I'll merrily go
Only then can this poet name stars by Urania

HERE'S A COMPUTER-GENERATED VIDEO VERSION OF THIS POEM:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCnEkX5GMSM