“Peace goes into the making of a Poet, as Flour goes into the making of Bread.”
I am eating chocolate covered pretzels, and watching the cats run about the apartment. The shoot, today, with L.A. Filmmaker, David Scott Barron, went well. I was nervous at first, but soon forgot that there was a camera, and light, there, and that I was strapped to a cordless microphone.
Barron seemed happy with the production, and that is what matters; it is his film. It is his film about me. This is the third movie that has been made about me, as a poet. The first was called, “Mikel K: Outspoken Word,” and it was shot, directed, produced, and edited by the same David Scott Barron. Fifteen years later, Filmmaker Barron, and I, are together, again, making another movie about my life as a poet.
The second film made about me is called Mikel K The Movie: A Flick by James Truax. James is living in L.A., again. While he was in Atlanta, besides working with me, he spent a lot of time videoing Atlanta bands, most notably The El Caminos.
I am flattered, and thankful to have worked with both of these gentlemen, and greatly look forward to seeing what David Scott Barron comes up with this time. Tomorrow, Mr. Barron is going to train his camera on me as I spew poems. I’m glad that I am a poet. I would have made a lousy doctor, dentist, lawyer, accountant, mechanic, door to door vacuum cleaner salesman, etc. etc. I was put her on this earth to be a poet. Period.
“Nature, time and patience are three great physicians.”–H.G. Bohn
I just cleared a wall in my home to do headstands against. I’m listening to Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave. They rock. They were just nominated for A Grammy. Henry, the great Great Dane from next door is visiting. His mom, and dad, are going to the Grammys. Henry’s dad, Adam Ayers,is the tour manager for Trombone Shorty. This is the closest that I have ever gotten to The Grammys. I’m really excited.
I just finished watching the movie, “The King of Kong: A Fistful off quarters.” It was interesting to go into the world of gamers. I would go to bed now, but I just drank a coffee, and I just walked the dogs. The caffeine, and the stimulation from the exercise will keep me awake for a bit. I’m going to use the time to crank out some great works of literature. There are dirty dishes in the sink, but they can wait. If it comes down to writing a poem, or washing a dish, that dish is going to sit in the sink until the poem is written. That’s just how I play the game. You have to have your priorities; dig?
Author Brian Rosenberger just posted a note to my Facebook page saying, that, “The Dungeon Masters is also a pretty good doc on LARP’rs.” I have added the movie to my dvd request cue. Rosenberger writes some great poetry, as well as great horror fiction. I have read his book of poems, “And For My Next Trick,” and found it intelligent and entertaining, sort of a cross between Charles Bukowski, and Jim Carrol, with a lot of Brian Rosenberger thrown in. Rosenberger’s short story horror book, “As The Worm Turns,” is a page turner, a must for any Edgar Allan Poe, or Stephen King fan. I suggest that you buy these books for yourself, or for someone you love for the holidays.
Click here for, “And For My Next Trick.”
Click here for, “As The Worm Turns.”
Another great holiday gift giving idea is David Herrle’s book of poems, “Abyssinia, Jill Rush.” David is a very intelligent poet, but not one without a sense of humor. Though he may be smarter than us, he is smart enough to write brilliant poems that we can understand. Herrle is, also, the publisher of SubtleTea.com a beautiful online magazine that I have published many poems in over the years. You should check it out at: Subtle Tea
Read a review of “Abyssinia, Jill Rush,” at:
jill rush review
The other night, I was talking with a couple of my neighbors, Amber The Good Neighbor, who lives next door, and Lisa The Scientist, who lives a few houses up from us, and the subject of donating your organs when you die came up. I expressed the opinion that I wasn’t sure that I wanted to give my dead heart away. The ladies said, “Oh no, you must; it is the right thing to do, you can save someone else’s life, and you are done using it, if you are dead.”
Coincidentally(is someone trying to tell me something?) I got an email the other day with the subject heading: “Please become an organ donar!” from my Facebook friend Allison Rentz, which, in combination with my chat with the ladies, the other night, made me think, when I’m knocking on Heaven’s door, do I want to look down and see my organs in ashes with the rest of me, or would I rather see someone living a healthy, happy life with my organs?
Here is some information that Ms. Rentz, sent me about donating organs that may help you make a decision yourself(and and help me make a decison, also):
You can declare it on your driver’s license, and there is also a donor card you can fill out here: Organ Donor
Gift of Life Donor Program:
I copied this FAQ from
life link of Georgia
There are many myths associated with organ, eye and tissue donation. LifeLink works to dispel those myths and provide the facts to all Georgians. Below are some of the most common questions and answers. If you find yourself with more questions, visit our website at www.lifelinkfound.org or contact our Public Affairs Department at 1-800-544-6667.
How can I become a donor?
It’s simple for an individual to become a potential donor. First, obtain the facts. Second, make a decision. Third, sign up on the state’s donor registry at your local driver license office or by visiting www.donatelifegeorgia.org and tell your family. They may be approached about donation in the future.
Will my decision to be a donor interfere with the quality of my healthcare?
No. Whether you choose to be a donor or not, all measures will be taken to save your life. Doctors must follow strict criteria for declaring death. By law, a physician who declares death cannot be involved in the recovery or transplantation of organs.
Does a donor’s medical history matter?
Medical history should not prevent you from expressing your wishes about donation. The team involved in the recovery of organs/tissue will determine at the time of death whether or not organs and/or tissue are medically suitable for transplantation.
Are you ever too old to be a donor?
There is no age limit for organ donors. At the time of death, a representative from LifeLink will determine what organs are suitable for transplantation.
Can I have an open casket funeral if I am a donor
Yes. Organ, tissue, and eye donation does not disfigure the body.
What organs can be donated?
Kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, pancreas and small intestine.
What tissue can be donated?
Eyes, bone, skin, cartilage, tendons, heart valve, fascia
“I have a friend who needs a new heart. It is scary!
Thank you so much for helping with this!”–Allison Rentz
I doubt that Bob Dylan sings this song these days, because he claims that
he never was a social protester; and everyone is running around saying
how brave the troops are defending our freedom. Wars are instigated by
the rich, who send the poor out to fight them. There is nothing about freedom
in it, there is everything about money. Our young kids are sent to be
slaughtered, so that old men can profit. IF you glamorize it, it well never end.
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak
out and remove all doubt.”–Abraham Lincoln
“All we are saying is give Peace a chance.”–John Lennon
Masters of War
By Bob Dylan
Come you masters of war
You that build the big guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks.
You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly.
Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain.
You fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion’
As young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud.
You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins.
How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
That even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do.
Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul.
And I hope that you die
And your death’ll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand over your grave
‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead.
Peace and Love
Peace and Love,
“War war is stupid and people are stupid
And love means nothing in some strange quarters
War war is stupid and people are stupid
And I heard them banging on hearts and fingers.”
Contribute to The Daily K Mikel K
Mikel K is scene here on the set of the David Scott Barron movie “Mikel K: Outspoken Word.”