Kauffman Center dedication, celebration, redux

Let’s wrap up these often somber re-postings with some from a gloriously happy weekend.

Sept. 19

The Kauffman Center
For the Performing Arts shines
The jewel on the hill

Julia Irene
Carried her mother’s spirit
Made her dream come true

Soaring inner space
Curves and lines in harmony
Draw eyes, hearts upward

Superior sound
Space sculpted to caress notes
Nurture nuances

Ballet, Symphony,
Opera, Placido: first night
Will be remembered

Prince Charles even sent
Greetings; the crowd was all ears
And so was the prince

Symphony returns
And Kansas City jazz swings
For second great night

Cowtown on the moooove
Tens of thousands make the scene
Herd all round downtown

Beacon of culture
Symphony of glass and steel
Defying hard times

And it’s just starting
Next chapter in the story:
“Kansas City, Star”


I’m on vacation, redux

I wish I were on vacation, but I’m not. Instead, I’m posting this batch from a spring vacation. It’s followed by a pre-summer-vacation batch, and then six batches from a July vacation in Southern California.

From March 30:

“Boo hoo, no haiku,”
A friend writes. “So what’s the deal?”
I’m on vacation!

I’m on vacation
But going nowhere real fast
Kinda like working!

I’m on vacation
All of me, not just my brain
Which checked out years back

As the Ramones say,
I’ll have to tell ’em I got
No cerebellum

I’m on vacation
But I did go to Borders
Discounting good sense

My home’s already
Crammed full of unread volumes
Begging to be cracked

My CD shelves sag
With rock ‘n’ roll, classical
And, yes, all that jazz

But could I resist
Borders’ zombie siren song?
You know the answer

Borders closeout sale
Books on everything except
How to walk away

“Famous Last Words” book:
Jeez, if I can’t top these quotes
Pray I die silent

Doctor Laura’s book
“Stop Whining and Start Living”
You go first, “Doctor”

And for just 5 bucks
“A Short History of the World”
Nah, not short enough

Man, it’s depressing
It seems that the only “Glee”
Is in the CDs

Borders closeout sale
87 copies of
“Essential Yanni”

Borders closeout sale
Punk prices rule! 5 bucks for
“Rocket to Russia”

One section does seem
Alphabetized: ZZ Top
Follows Vivaldi

Elsewhere, Fogerty
Meets Manilow, but what will
They sing? “Proud Copa”?

In another row
Britney, next to Placido,
Hits a high G string

Borders closeout sale
“Blue Kentucky Girl” real cheap
Makes me not so blue

R.E.M.’s right: End
Of the world as we know it.
And I feel a sigh

I’m on vacation
Giving further proof: A mind’s
A terrible thing