Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Far-Away Planet

There’s this
     far-away planet
     which I visited

The people who lived

     a different language

And in the years
     I spent
           living there

I learned that they had
     no word for

The closest translation
     into their language
     “The day he began to smile”

“Love” meant nothing
     to them,
     but the phrase
     “The one who feeds you”
     seemed almost Holy

     translated to
   “A room without walls”

And “War”
     left them
     entirely stumped

-Jim DuBois
circa 2000

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Golden Age

The Golden Age
     is now

The Golden Age
     is always  now

Me writing this,
     you reading it

-Jim DuBois
April 30, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Quabbin Hike in February

Snow covering ev-
erything. No Place to sit!
Trudge Trudge Trudge Trudge Trudge

-Jim DuBois
Feb 19, 2017

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Like the Sun #76

I knew a man who ran
a house building business,
and he often said,
“My workers are stupid,
and just don’t think about
what they are doing.”

Later I met someone who worked
for him, who told me the following,
“I have two saws,
a handsaw and an electric saw,
and each serves a different purpose.
When I get paid by the hour,
I use the handsaw.
When I get paid by the job,
I use the electric one.”

-Jim DuBois

Like the Sun #1
Leadership - Like the Sun #17
In the Winter, I saw Ducks - Like the Sun #65
The Great Canyons - Like the Sun #66

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Noel, I forgot you were dead

"That's where
I met Noel
selling paper ephemera
at the sidewalk sale.

He's this interesting guy...

...well, he was...

I forgot: he died
this past winter.

We would
bump into each other
around town,
play a little magic
or poker,
he would tell me
about being italian,
about his Sicilian hertitage,
and then we wouldn't
see each other
for a while,
six months or a year.

I guess I figured
this was just another
of those
in between times.

Maybe that's
a better way
to think about it

-Jim DuBois
Aug, 4, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Working Class Wisdom #5

My maintenance guy,
after repainting
my bathroom ceiling,

"I try to make it
a little better if I can
but not worry about it
too much.

After all,
it ain't the Taj Mahal!"

-Jim DuBois
Aug 9, 2016

Working Class Wisdom #4