DON’T GET COMFORTABLE

©Vince Pawless 2019


Jump start, jump ship, jump off the roof of the world. Jump stakes, jump bail, jump higher than you have before, er since. Jump out of an airplane, jump out of your skin, jump the hell out of the way. Jump over the moon, wanna see me do that again? Jump to attention, jump to conclusions, jump up off my ass. If you prance you jump, if you strut you jump, if you sashay you jump. If you swagger you jump.

Diving is jumping, springing is jumping, flying is jumping. You jump if you parachute, you jump if you flinch, you jump if you twitch. When you startle you jump, when you wince you jump. The price jumps, the thought jumps into yer head, if it balloons it jumps, in size, or shape. If it blows up it jumps, a leap is a jump, a jump is a leap. Leapfrog is a jump. Jump the queue, jump the fence, jump over. If you assault, or attack you jump. You can jump on it, you can jump off the wagon, you can jump to yer peril, you can jump to yer benefit, it all depends on when you hit the ground. If you pounce you jump, if you descend upon you jump.

Saw two guys jump an unsuspecting man in the parking lot. Jump at the opportunity. If you know someone in the biblical sense you jump. If you hop you jump, if you bobble you jump, if you seesaw you jump. If you waggle you jump, if you bounce you jump, if you jiggle you jump, if you joggle you jump. If you free fall you jump. Jump from a ledge into a pool of water, get a jump on yer competitors. Evolution is a jump, progress is a jump, metamorphosis is a jump, a turning point is a jump, an upheaval is a jump. After all this, don’t get comfortable the future is a jump, too.



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Musings on a matchbook.

JUST WHEN I THOUGHT…

©Vince Pawless 2019


Magic trick, magic hat, magic wand, magic word, say the magic words, I Love You. An illusion is magic. Sleight of hand is magic. What is up yer sleeve is magic. What is behind yer back is magic, wanna see me pull a rabbit out of my hat? An incantation is magical, if itz supernatural itz magical. Magic can drive sickness from the body. A wizard of great magic, his recovery was magical. A mystical influence is magic. A magic charm, a magic amulet, a magic carpet, a magic man, a magical touch, a magical dream, a magical place to hide from the rest of the unimaginative world.

The magic of music, the magic spell, magic beauty, magic dances. To create as if by magic. Quasi magic, to fly as if by magic, magical thinking, magic bullet, magician with a magical flute. A magician with an attitude, a magician of great alchemy. Magic lantern, a magic mountain, a magic number, a triangle is a magic, a liquid is a magic, fire is a magic. Enchantment is magic, fortune telling is magic, hocus-pocus is magic, magnetism is magic. Magic is otherworldly.

Sleight of hand is magic, the prophecy was magic, the occult is magic. Soothsaying is magic, witchcraft is magic, voodoo is magic. Spellbinding magic, smoke and mirrors is magic, sorcery is magic. Otherworldly magical, telekinesis is magic. Magic can be spooky, magic can be uncanny, magic can be wonderful. Magic is for sorcerers, spellbinding magic, magic is miraculous. And just when I thought magic had no place in my sad, little world I find magic is for kids. I’m saved.



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The trick is to use the conventions
in your work to create an interpretation
that is like no other.  That’s art.

INTO THE SUNSET

©Vince Pawless 2019


Well, yer a cowboy, mister. Yer a little early for cowboy church, so you must be here for the alcohol. A cowboy wears cowboy boots, sometimes. A cowboy wears a belt around those jeans like a cowboy. A cowboy’s mother has a buckle on the mantle from the last rodeo. A cowboy rides, a cowboy is a wrangler, a cowboy works cattle. A cowboy drives an F-150, a cowboy is a bronco buster, a cowboy is a vaquero, a cowboy is a gaucho, a cowboy can be a cattle rustler, a cowboy is a cow puncher, Ouch!

A cowboy is a stockman, a cowboy is a cowhand. A cowboy can be a rancher, a cowboy can be a cowpoke, a cowboy is a herdsman, a cowboy knows cattle, a cowboy knows the man that owns the cattle. A cowboy knows the quiet on the range, a cowboy knows the chuck wagon after a daze ride. A cowboy will ride till after dark, a cowboy will walk an old lady across the street. A cowboy will tip his hat to the cowgirls. A cowboy knows the movie set, a cowboy is in Hollywood, a cowboy is in the White House. A cowboy is from New York City. A cowboy will fix yer flat, a cowboy will buy you lunch, a cowboy can figure the tip. A cowboy will get up earlier than you.

A cowboy is a drover, some cowboys want an F-150, but can only afford an older model Dodge to get down to Tractor Supply. Sometimes the cowboy wears cowboy boots, other times sneakers. So who’s the stranger in the shades with the cowboy hat? If yer gonna spend yer money you might as well get a Stetson cowboy hat. Welcome to Texas.

The stockyards in Fort Worth are full of cowboys. The Dallas Cowboys, drugstore cowboys, Cowboys and Indians. Cow catcher, cow pie, cow cake, cow chips, cow country, cowboy country, cow jazz. No rain, no grass? Cowboys have to creep feed with hay. Not much of a cowboy, less than a cowboy, the lonesome cowboy, the stand up cowboy. Sit down with that cowboy, you might pick up something you can use. And just when you think you got that cowboy’s number, the cowboy will ride off into the sunset.



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Don’t tell a woman how to boil noodles.

IF SHE LOVED ME

©︎Vince Pawless 2019


The thrill of the chase, the thrill of the adventure. The scent of the thrill, the feel of the thrill, the first thrill, the last thrill, the only thrill that mattered. It was thrilling to see you, it was thrilling to talk to you, it was thrilling to be a part of yer deal. It was a thrill up to the last moment, it was a thrill when it was over. Thrills and spills, thrills and chills. The thrill went through her like a blade through butter. It was thrilling to tell it like it was, though I should have told her what I really thought. And it was a thrill to see her.

It was a thrill to help. It was a thrill to be able to just let it go. Such a thrill, big thrill. Thrill hammer, the muscular thrill. Thrilling people, people that thrill. Thrilling situation, thrilling ride, thrilling flight, reveling in the thrill. Thrill the heart, thrill the mind. Thrilling fall from the mountain top, thrilling orbit in space. It was a thrill to get a ride after standing here so long. The biggest thrill, the only thrill, the last thrill you can recall.

The thrill went through us, the thrill missed us completely, the thrill was for someone else. I didn’t order any thrill, how much do you want for that thrill? How much did you pay for that thrill? What’ll you take for that thrill? Aspirin. Is that thrill bonded, is that thrill returnable? Is that thrill guaranteed? So, what is a thrill anyway? A race is a thrill, a contest is a thrill, the world is a thrill, the circus is a thrill. But frankly that doesn’t thrill me. So don’t be thrilled, don’t look for the thrill, don’t depend on the thrill. The thrill of anticipation, the anticipation of the thrill. This time is a thrill, this place is a thrill, life is a thrill, her love is a thrill, or it would be if she loved me.



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Y’gotta spill the contents
every once in a while.

CORN CHIPS, CIGARETTES, AND CARS

©Vince Pawless 2019


We all need someone we can lean on. We all need a friend from time to time. Friends are rare, friends are far between, friends are fickle, friends are consumed with themselves. Friends are nowhere when you need them to be. The clear profundity of friends are nothing more than the boring acquaintances you thought they were. Friends are a waste of yer good time. Friends are in name only. Friends will betray your confidence, more than once at the worst of times. The only thing you have to know about friends like that is that won’t happen again.

Friends gather, friends coven, friends huddle like itz cold when itz summertime in Houston. Friends care and friends want to be counted as friends to someone, or something that is bigger than themselves. Or what they think is bigger, or what looks bigger than life itself like Facebook. Friends are the whole deal in social media. Personal advertisement to make their seeming lives glamorous. I remember when they only used to sell corn chips, cigarettes, and cars in the media. Friends are influential, friends are successful, friends are friends of someone else you wouldn’t have a prayer of meeting.

Friends judge, friends fall, friends fool around with other friends, friends can’t keep their Pecos in their pocket. Friends can be caught on the wrong side of town. On the other side of town those friends belong to someone else. Friends are funky, friends are fools, friends are waiting for something to happen. Stand behind your friends, know who yer friends are. Leave the bullshit by the side of the road. Do what you can for the few that are yer friends, and let the chips fall where they may.



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It’s like a hurricane in here.

BOON LUCK

©Vince Pawless 2019


A boon is a compliment, a boon is a blessing, a boon is a gift. Boon companion, boon gig, boon time of year. Boon guitar, boon guitar player. The man in the boon, the baleful boon, don’t look now, but there is no boon, too many clouds. Boon deal, boon way of doing yer art, I just love IMPROV. A boon makes you feel good all over, so a boon is a giveaway, a boon is what you’d like to get when you least expect it.

Boon times, boon lovers, boon way of life. Boon for me? You bet, thanx a boodle. How ‘bout a boon for you? I’ll take two. A boon is a godsend like a good fortune. Like a good deal from out of nowhere, a boon is a windfall. A boon is commendable, a boon is capital, a boon is morally excellent. A boon is satisfactory in quality, and degree. A boon is honorable and worthy. A boon is educated and refined. A boon is genuine. A boon is highly regarded. A boon is highly sought. A boon is something to be thankful for. A boon is something that is asked like a favor sought. A boon can be given voluntarily.

A boon can be coaxed, a boon can be the result of nothing good at all. Yin, yang, up, down, good, bad, black, white. Hang in there. A boon is something bestowed, a boon is something given. A boon is something acquired without any particular effort by the recipient. A boon is a total gift. A boon can be right place, right time. A boon is a special ability like saying the right thing at the right time.

But, a boon can never show. You can be boonless despite the best of yer efforts. Now, it can be a boonless situation and there will be nothing in this bad, old world you can do about it, till you do something about it. Boon luck.



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Home is where the
word processor is.

QUALIFY FOR A LOAN

©︎Vince Pawless 2019


Sex is lovely, sex is the desired effect. Sex is always had by others that don’t give a rat’s ass about sex. Sex is under appreciated, sex is ignored, sex is one of the last places in line, because sex is steamy. Sex is honestly. Sex is under the covers, sometimes. Sex is in a cab, sex is in a horny lawyer, or doctor’s office. Sex is in a place you might never have supposed.

Sex is on a park bench, sex is at an amusement Park. Sex is inconvenient, sex is right place, right time. Sex is misunderstood. Sex is never where you want it to be, sex never happens when you want it to. Sex is lost in a shuffle of moralistic bullshit. Sex is confused, but so was your mother. If you weren’t just a little sexy why would I want a thing in the world to do with you, because the predicament of love is just a hollow oath without the comfort, and togetherness of a healthy sex life.

Yer want-able if yer sexy, yer valuable if you are sexy, yer noteworthy if you are sexy, yer sexy if you are sexy. Yer not necessarily sexy if yer good looking, yer sexy if yer sexy. Sex is long, sex is short, sex is good, sex is bad. But sex is way better than what comes in second. Sex is like a bank account, you never have enough and you can’t qualify for a loan.



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Tell her how it’s cold and lonely
when you see my “X”. Tell her she can
save her tears and hold her pity,
until she’s seen my next.

DIVINE IN YOU

©Vince Pawless 2019


The divine complication, the divine hour, the divine thought. Divine intention, divine action, divine result, divine way. Divine look. If you would allow me, you look divine. The divining rod, the divine path, the divine trail, the divine compliment, the off handed compliment. The divine treatment, the divine palace, the divine hovel. The divine deception, the divine moment, the divine music in yer ear. The divine procession, the divine costumes, the divine makeup. The divine sky, the divine clouds, the divine cities under the sun, the divine armies buried here.

The divine consideration, the divine sympathies, the divine giving, the divine charity. Divine freedom, divine completion, divine conclusion, divine comedies. The angelic divine, the anointed divine, gloriously divine, the divine mind, divine right of kings. The diviner’s wand, magnificently divine, spiritually divine, splendidly divine. The unearthly divine, the supposed divine, the perceived divine, the understood divine. The divine woman, the divine man, the divine children of the divine.

The divine exaltation, the divine relief. The divine landscape, the divine order, the divine wilderness. Divine size, divine togetherness. The divine of the dastardly, the divine thief. The divination in the supernatural, the divine insight, the divine answer, the divine question, the divine supreme. Blissfully divine, immaculately divine, rapturously divine, the ambrosia of the divine. The godlike divine, celestially divine, the divine universe of concept. Namaste, the divine in me honors the divine in you.



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So, is it hotter in Houston
or, in the summertime?

MISPLACED YOUR LOVE

©Vince Pawless 2019


Misplace the queen of the kingdom, misplace the castle in the air. Misplace the face in a crowd. Misplace the figure on a beach, misplace the figure in the bed. Misplace the touch, misplace the feel, misplace the thought, perish the thought. Misplace the charm, misplace the imagination. Misplace the flight of fancy. Misplace the ambition, misplace the aspiration, misplace the pride. Misplace the love of the misplaced.

Misplace the desires, misplace the care, misplace the comfort, misplace the dream, misplace the wish, misplace the voice like an echo, misplace the time you were there. Misplace the time we were together. Misplace the notes on a guitar. Misplace the way that you looked at me. Misplace the reasons to care. Misplace the smooth of the hand. Misplace the smell of the perfume. Misplace the sound of the voice. Misplace the warmth of the smile. Misplace the confidence you had in me. I was so afraid I had misplaced yer love.



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Like the earth and the moon,
she and I were falling together.

ONCE UPON A TIME

©Vince Pawless 2019


The way that it was was perfect. The way that it was was ideal. The way that it was was the way that it was because we, damn well, made it that way. The way that it was was a dream because dreams really do come true. The way that it was was the way that it was, but nothing lasts forever even the way that it was. The way that it was was worth the hassle of putting it together. The way that it was was the way that it was because we busted our lovely asses making it happen.

The way that it was gave you the chance to be more than you ever were. The way that it was made you taller somehow. The way that it was showed yer character. Maybe more than you supposed. The way that it was showed you learned the lessons yer mother taught you. The way that it was showed you could be counted on in the absolute worst of times. The way that it was made you proud to be in the same room with them that needed you. The way that it was you would be no place else on this earth.

But, the way that it was was harder than you might recall. The way that it was wasn’t kind as you might remember. The way that it was was self serving. The way that it was was exclusionary. The way that it was left you outta the loop. The way that it was made you feel small. The way that it was was, time to time, tougher than a piece of jerky. The way that it was was insulting. The way that it was was uncomfortable. The way that it was was a nightmare. The way that it was was downright unfair. The way that it was left you friendless. The way that it was made you tearful. The way that it was made you alone, and separate from everything else on this lonely little planet.

Nonetheless, the way that it was was simpler than the way that it is. And the way that it was was different than the way itz gonna be. So be it. The way that it was was the way that it was because that was the way that it was, once upon a time.



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Don’t know how much of that red
I drank, but I’m sure I drank it all.