There’s Comfort In Old Clocks Tick-Tocking

March 30, 2013 at 12:02 am (Poetry) (, , , , )

There’s comfort in old clocks tick-tocking on the wall

Tick-tock! Tick-tock!

The pendulum goes back and forth.

Bong! The clock announces the hour.

Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

The bird comes out and sings. 


The rhythm of life.

Tick-tock! Tick-tock!

Sometimes it seems the tick-tock is going so fast

and other times… oh! so slow!  


The pendulum…

those moments of ecstasy!

those moments of agony!

Back and forth! Back and forth!



Those major moments…


first love…

first job…



death of a parent…

birth of a child!


Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

Watching a reality TV show.

Hearing a news story about Paris Hilton!

Hearing a news story about Lindsay Lohan!

Listening to a politician caught in a scandal

saying he’s resigning strictly for personal 

and family reasons.

Listening to an athlete caught with his pants down

and his urine tainted

saying no, he didn’t use performance enhancing drugs.

Cuckoo! Cuckoo!



There’s comfort in old clocks tick-tocking on the wall

Tick-tock!  Tick-tock!

The pendulum goes back and forth.

Bong! The clock announces the hour.

Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

The bird comes out and sings.



-A poem written by Christopher

  Friday Evening

 Good Friday

 March 29th 2013

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Low Low Tide On English Bay

March 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm (Poetry) (, , , , , )

The lowest low tide I’ve ever seen on English Bay

The water was way way out today.

Rocks I’ve never seen before because covered by waves

stood jutting out on the sands like cathedral naves.

A black Saint Bernard dog came panting along the beach

chasing starS(fish) he could reach.

A young pretty woman in a ballet dress-

quite a sight on this cold day I must confess-

did pirouettes in the sand

performing Swan Lake by the sea-

it was all so grand.

She ran and petted the Saint Bernard dog

then danced away where others might jog.

A surreal spectacle on a March day

it’s quite the place- this English Bay!



-A poem written by Christopher

 Monday March 18th 2013

 based on what he observed this day

 at English Bay, Vancouver, British Columbia


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Renfield And His Rendition of The William Tell Overture

March 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm (Humour, Vampire novel) (, , , , , , , , , )

The following is the chapter in my vampire novel which I wrote today Monday March 4th 2013.


I decided to post it here because the chapter is pretty well self-contained and one doesn’t have to know what’s happened previously in the novel to (hopefully!) enjoy this chapter in and of itself.



Renfield And His Rendition of The William Tell Overture

A vampire novel chapter written by Christopher

Monday March 4th 2013.




Renfield R. Renfield had been ordered by his boss the billionaire ancient Egyptian vampire Set to fly back to London, England.



Renfield decided to make a pit stop in Chicago, Illinois before flying home as he heard the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was going to do a performance of Rossini’s William Tell Overture.


Renfield had always wanted to conduct the William Tell Overture plus he had an idea on how to make the performance even more spectacular.


According to the original story of William Tell, the Swiss gentleman who was a master crossbow archer had been ordered by enemy soldiers to shoot an apple placed on top of his son’s head splitting the apple in two and do so without managing to harm his son.


William Tell was successful in his feat.


Renfield’s idea was to place apples on the heads of the musicians in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and during the most exciting part of the Overture, the musicians would stand and a group of crossbow archers that Renfield had hired would shoot arrows through the apples on the heads of the musicians splitting the apples in two without harming the musicians.



                          *       *     *


It was performance night and maestro Renfield stepped up to the podium with his baton and started conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in its performance of the William Tell Overture.



At the most critical moment of the Overture, Renfield waved for the apple on head-wearing musicians to stand…




                                            *       *    *




The next morning a Chicago radio station reported in its news broadcast, “And in the news today, the call has gone out for musicians to appear for auditions to replace the 95% of the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra whose positions suddenly became vacant last night as a result of last evening’s disastrous rendition of Rossini’s William Tell Overture.


“And in other news, Renfied R. Renfield has admitted that the archers he hired for last evening’s performance could probably stand to use a lot more archery lessons…”



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