This poem is and isn’t
Like one who isn’t present.

Like a love that is and isn’t,
But is passionate and pleasant,

Like a sky that holds the light,
But darkens slowly into night
For the sake of a farther light.

She never knows it isn’t,
He never knows it is,
As shadows drown the shy
So the shy might shyly kiss.


  1. Don Fox said,

    September 9, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    How many Buddhists does it take to change a lightbulb? Two. One to change the lightbulb; the other to not change the lightbulb.

    • September 10, 2013 at 1:19 am

      Dear Scarriet bloggers,
      I wish to correct a very mistaken impression I may have given in my story of several weeks ago, “A Boy Meets His Dog.” If there is no “Supercat” now in D.C. Comicbook-land, such was not always the case. I’ll just quote directly from the short history given on the Internet. I’m sure DC Comics won’t mind.

      “‘Streaky’ was Supergirl’s pet cat that was given super-powers by an unusual form of Kryptonite. Supergirl was experimenting on a piece of green kryptonite in an attempt to find a way to neutralize its deadly effects. When her experiment failed, she tossed the kryptonite (or ‘X-kryptonite,’ as it became known) out the window. Though her experiment failed, her pet, ‘Streaky,’ came across the X-Kryptonite and was exposed to its radiation. ‘Due to the unique combination of chemicals in X-Kryptonite, it has given Streaky superpowers!! [1]

      “‘Streaky’ had a 30th century descendant named ‘Whizzy’ (who also had superpowers).

      l. This version of Streaky (Earth-One), including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the Multiverse in the 1985-86 “Crisis on Infinite Earths” limited series and is now considered apocryphal.”

      Well–this is David Bittner speaking again–so I guess “yes and no” on the “Supercat” question. By the way, “Streaky” was a male cat with black eyes and red hair–in his day, whenever that may have been.
      I quit reading Superman Comics when I was about 15, so developments like the “collapse of the Multiverse” in 1985-86 are things I’m not at all familiar with. I’ll tell you this, though, which some of you may find interesting. Freud said it was a mark of bisexuality if someone had dreams about the deaths of both their parents. Now, do you remember issues of Superman where Clark Kent would be tortured by dreams about the deaths of Ma and Pa Kent? Comics experts here in Omaha have told me this was usually just “teased” on the cover, then not really dealt with in any of the stories inside the comicbook, but what may that tell you about Superman’s sexuality? Good night! I’m turning in now.

      • thomasbrady said,

        September 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm


        So you did like the poem, “Is and Isn’t”?


        • September 10, 2013 at 11:29 pm

          Dear Tom, I’ve read your poem, of course, quite a few times, and will tell you tomorrow, when I’m fresher, how I like it. (Pooped from moving furniture today.) Yours, David. P.S. I didn’t get Don Fox’s joke about Buddhists changing lightbulbs, or how it related to your new poem. But then I don’t know very much about Buddhism.

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