Scuffed Loafers and Purple Toes

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Tonight, Frank is serving behind the bar at dVerse Poets Pub, asking us to provide an acrostic poem (you’ll just have to follow the link and read his descriptions).  I wrote this at work today, and think it’s just fine in its original state.  Contact me if you need a translation!

49 thoughts on “Scuffed Loafers and Purple Toes

  1. Firstly, I LOVE that cartoon!!! Secondly, your poem echoes what I have been feeling so much lately. (Bristled people, hopped up on stress, bullying co-workers comes to mind right now.) The ‘later’ line is so true – I know I am guilty of that one.
    I also love that you posted a picture of your writing, although, I have to wonder about the ‘fish’ in the top, right corner of your paper… (gill?) Good job, Charley!


  2. Reminds me of the Prologue in Romeo and Juliet: ‘Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean’. I love the cartoon, Charley, the layout of the acrostic, and that it is handwritten makes it more personal 😉


  3. “… Our / Incivility / Tells more about us than sugared words ever will.” How very true. Even “in the right”, incivility renders us wrong; on the other hand, beyond sugaring words and deeds, civility is to spare others, who’re as imperfect as us, the margin of errors. (The wrongs to be right, the rights to be wrong?) Always a challenge, when the mote seems larger than the beam…

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    • Colin, I learn more about you with every interaction. You have more than a smattering of biblical knowledge – at least enough to quote it wisely and in context. You studied in NY. Which college, if you don’t mind my curiosity?

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      • It was a tiny SUNY liberal arts college in the Rochester area — with enough snow to keep our heads chill all year round. The admission lady was so kind I couldn’t hesitate to fly right over. There were fewer people than squirrels, and fewer Chinese than my fingers — couldn’t be more antithetical to HK. The handicapped system of HK told me I was no good in physics (#2 from the pit’s bottom), so I entered college with business in mind. A physics professor from my gen ed class convinced me to minor, and eventually major, in physics. One of the best decisions in my life, which also made me believe that American education, where the bureaucracy hasn’t tarnished, still has a lot to offer comparing to most. Thank you for the compliment; but I owe my biblical memory to Google (or Bing, in China). lol


      • I never listened to any of my guidance counselors… in high school or college. That’s why I ended up with a bachelor’s degree in… nearly everything. Among the many things the tests they gave told me I should be was a teacher. Also a writer, a minister. The only thing I became that wasn’t listed in the results was meteorologist. (I have no math background, and doubtful aptitude, but that didn’t keep the Air Force from making me a meteorologist.)

        I wasn’t aware that Bing knew the bible. But I guess if Satan reads it and shivers….

        I know the school you’re talking about in Rochester. I spent time in a place further north in New York, that makes Rochester’s winters seem snow-less.

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      • Me: O, poor Bing, let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of search engines–
        Bing: Take no thought, Colin. Jesus I know, Paul I know … and Charles I know also, verily.

        All things to all men, Charley. What a heck of a renaissance man you are. And you should see how mutual this curiosity is with my fair share of disclosure. Apart from physics, I minored in business, spent two years with a theatre (theater) production, taught an introductory lab on acoustic science, played the piano for the Chinese club’s annual events (maybe there were more Chinese than my piano fingers, after all, hm…), audited half a semester of french (never mind that!), and worked as the only math tutor on campus who was neither a math major nor minor. What I should have done also but didn’t have time for was literature / writing. And, somewhat like yourself, I was at one point suggested to sign up for seminary (but, unlike you, I didn’t attend any). Then, to the surprise of everyone (that I didn’t go to grad school), I went into manufacturing.

        If you were only guessing, it wasn’t Brockport. 😉


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