July 19, 2010

"Billy," by Bren


May 19, 2010

whatcha got there?

May 16, 2010

The Butterfly Gimp

My inept drawing ability has left this poor butterfly gimpy.

Which brings to mind the senseless things I've wrought on innocent text.
Poor, poor words!
Bullied and wedged into ridiculous flow.
Non-palatable juices wrung from their rinds,
the delicious fruits tossed aside
anemic in meaning and over-simplified in assumption.
Perversely forced couplings
disgraced for the sake of cheap rhyme,
tossed in the middle of an insidious path
between vision and design.
Crippled and maimed before even given a chance
to fly.

I crumpled the page upon which my impotence was
disgracefully displayed, as I should do
with this thing I call poem.
Because on it's way to the bin, would you believe...
It flew!

May 15, 2010

cereal bowel fungus

While cutting the lawn today,I found three interesting things: a toad, a rock with shell fossils imprinted on it and a bowl shaped fungus.
The mushroom, in question, is known in the mycology sphere as a Galiella rufa, but here at hippohank, has been reclassified as the Cereal Bowl Fungus.

May 02, 2010

Nosey Neighbor

The Cardinal family is back in the bush under the bathroom window.

Inky is a nosey neighbor!

April 18, 2010

Friends in Kalamazoo

Sue, Making Friends in Kalamazoo

March 17, 2010

Attention Deficit Dishwasher

Half open, half full,
are those dishes clean or dirty?
Who the hell knows?

Bird at the window was singing about spring.
Black masked splash of red
contrasting the snow.
The floor was swept, but was it mopped?
Who the hell knows?

An interesting discussion on the radio.
Mom may want to know.
But while I was getting her on the phone
I left the fish defrosting for dinner and the cats alone!

Kettle on the stove boiled out.
Mind the clothes basket on the stair.
Someone from your office left a message,
but I can’t remember what about?
Had an email to send, left the vacuum
cord out to ensnare.

Went sledding today and had a photoshoot
with a hippo and a couple of snow men.
What’s for dinner tonight?
Wish I knew!

ADD Bird

January 31, 2010

Oh, nose!


December 13, 2009

Sounds of Snow

This tree, and my children, are happier than I...

Sounds of Snow
My feelings toward snow
are as varied as the flakes.
Gentle dustings of
early snow adorn naked
trees left bare by autumn winds.

Snowing makes a sound
like wind from butterflies' wings
scattered across windshields.
Cause poor visibility
as they sparkle in the sun.

Come February
ice storms, wind chills, scrapping, and
slipping on the walk,
cease the thoughts of flutterings.
The sound of snow drowned by plows.

November 28, 2009


Hank hopes you had a gratifying turkey day.