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The state of quantum flux
Jan 15, 2019 - 04:43am PT
A Brief Moment in Time

They once who
were standing there
looking on
panoramic views
subsumed within
a Cenozoic Era

The ancients stood
awed by
feared everything
embraced by life
then stricken down

A brief moment
in time
a window to
it’s visitors
a glimpse beyond
the antiquated universe

The scent of crude
churning up
to permeate
like peat from bogs
of bygone

Cold and heat
by any means
held rapt
beyond philosophy
a basic simplicity
of man and beast

As witness
it now humbles me
yet bares the point
I shout out loud
a nameless

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 15, 2019 - 08:52am PT
walking on stilts the movie
aka Leaving Soon
the director's cut
get him a band-aid

sharp and focused details abound
my vision is acute
i seem to be walking on stilts
through time
i am greatly enlarged
overtopping giants
but really only sitting on a stool
having breakfast at the cinema cafe

i see the waitress
and she sees me
we each smile and mean it
she looks French today
with a black and white striped top
all you need is a beret
and i probably should order French toast
...but you're waffling, as usual, she notes
as she takes my order...
but chorizo scrambled English browns okay?
sure, got it
hey, she muses, nobody serves waffles much anymore
but the place at the other end of the street
and i went out into the street to smoke
and recalled when most cafes had waffles
and a grill not just a deli case with trifles
maybe the occasional mass-produced muffins

and there used not to be choices
paper or plastic
smoking or non
credit or debit
cash or check
room for cream
splenda or some other substitute
asiago or feta
wtf is asiago but a trumped-up ad man's idea, Jack?
sir, do you want to king-size that
jumbo mumbo burger a la bacon asiago Jack?

spinning around on my stool at the counter
i have dismounted from my stilts
and they lie propped in the corner
by the coat rack and ice machine

ah, the rarefied air of walking on stilts
able to view much but unable to view the future
the distance, sure, space-wise
but not tomorrow, time-wise
and my best guesses are seldom right
and more often wrong by far
it seems i only have eyes for the past
as well as a taste for a good repast
as many do who come to the cinema cafe
ah, the rarefied air of walking on stilts

aah, the rarefied air of a few layers of grease
covering some classic movie posters under glass
mounted under shelves filled with green glass
an old-timey hole-in-the-wall
where you like to meet a friend
maybe godforbid for the last time
--hey you never know remember Joe?--
outside the art deco
of the facade and the dated marquee
add luster to the bouquet
and aroma to the ambience
and your dog is welcome if he's on a leash
and of a pleasant demeanor
bienvenido al cinema cafe

this place is run placidly
amid the haste of the modern work-laden world
it has its own conventions
and ways of doing things
and making folks comfortable
like me being able to sit here
hypnotized by the interplay of the staff
if not reading some book
or ear hustling customers
--i can't help it of course--
as i have many times over eighteen years
and like most i find comfort
among people who know my name
and treat me almost like family

in case your order is to go
remember that
being here now is not the same as
a lot like having been here then
for a business lunch
a family brunch on the weekend
a leisurely ritual coffee for the early birds
a kind cup of water for some homeless streetie
an oasis in downtown
one of the world's many side stages
where all are players
bit part or lead or spear carrier
everyone gets equal billing
and V will amaze you with her math skills

prices are subject to change
no senior or group discounts
refills are free

the times they are a-changin'
like a busy baby's diaper
but the newspaper of record
was never sold outside
in the antique vending machine on the corner
now there is only fake news anyway
so who cares -- not the elders on their iPhones
i see universal truths from on high
and recommend stilts for all

good day, and here are "some things to share"

you don't miss your water till your well runs dry
the road to a man's heart runs through his stomach
fairy shrimps will still be here after the fall of man
don't believe in fortune cookies
--pokeyman on the go

The state of quantum flux
Jan 15, 2019 - 09:02am PT
Comfortable Shoes

Unexpected triggers
remind us of them
and we tell the stories
that we recall

Our woeful grief
common the thread
though some might think
they’ve heard it all

I thought I was strong
I would box and control
remorse and love’s curse
beyond death and the pain

But I’m just a child
and I check myself
in this human condition
I can yet but contain

I never wanted to be
that lost soul in the room
who never got over
their loved ones demise

But I’m only a human
with a heart that is soft
it’s my greatest strength
I now realize

Unexpected triggers
bring them close to our thoughts
I might bracket my grief
in the hustle and tide

But I cannot turn back
the hands of time
and these wounds to the heart
I won’t bother to hide

-Tim Sorenson

The state of quantum flux
Jan 17, 2019 - 09:55pm PT
They Say People Do Not Care

We were rattling along
a dusty dirt road
down in old mexico
There a lone gunman stood
who waved us over
but I said we had somewhere to go

He looked us up
and down
he took some cash
and we drove on

They say people do not care
these days
he cared enough
to stop us on our way
They say people do not care
these days
oh come to jesus
now some would say

I dreamt that the president
came on the news
not like any other day
And he said he was sorry
and he was through
giving everyone else a bad day

He looked the nation
up and down
said he’d take some cash
and he would move on

They say people do not care
these days
he cared enough
to yank on our chain
They say people do not care
these days
oh come to jesus
now some would say

Oh I saw a poor lady
out in the street
I gave her a dollar anyway
Oh I still felt guilty
but I’d moved on
five would do better I’d say

I had looked that lady
up and down
I gave her a dollar
then I moved on

They say people do not care
these days
I cared enough
to stop there on my way
They say people do not care
these days
oh come to jesus
now some would say

We woke up in the night
to the sound of a bang
something was going on out there
We heard people screaming
there were flashing lights
we were almost frozen with fear

And we looked each other
up and down
we grabbed the pets
and were gone

They say people do not care
these days
and sometimes
there is nothing to say
They say people do not care
these days
oh come to jesus
now some would say

Was an old friend way back when
followed the mean streets and
he didn’t find trouble trouble found him
I never saw him again
heard he got religion but only remember
that he was once truly my friend

We had sized each other
up and down
We’d taken our friendship
and then moved on

They say people do not care
these days
and sometimes
there is nothing to say
They say people do not care
these days
oh come to jesus
now some would say


The state of quantum flux
Jan 19, 2019 - 09:08am PT
Jon of Roc

At the Battle of Dark Star
he pulled the flag out of the stone
from the top of Temple Crag
he took it down
for the people there
and made
Third Lake
his mountain home

In the Siege of El Capitan
he fought the tourists
and the rats
then retreated
to Tuolumne
reflecting on the golden domes
a tired warrior
sun kissed

In Desolation
he was counseled by
the angels as they spoke
his trek along the Pacific Crest
twenty six hundred miles
or more
with celestial guardians
on high

At the mountain hall near Mendenhall
they slew him where he slept
their piousness masked
their jealousy
of nature’s love
and free spiritedness
their vigilante law


The state of quantum flux
Jan 29, 2019 - 09:49am PT
joy of trees conspiring

oft I have wondered
for I am a woodsman
do trees have a memory
and would they conspire

oft I have pondered
when felling great timbers
would trees take their vengeance
if so they desire

Oh as I sleep
while the rains hammer down
would that great cedar
crash down on my dreams

oh as I sleep
through the wind and the storm
would the cedar uproot
taking one for the team

oft I remember
the words of the elders
how the people gave thanks
to their prey as they fell

oft it has served me
at work in the forest
that I should give thanks
to the trees just as well

-yohan sabunyan bach

The state of quantum flux
Feb 3, 2019 - 08:35am PT
The Big Fall
(The time I fell one hundred eighty thousand feet, probably)

It was just a little hill
by the name of Benwards Bluff
just a tiny little sea cliff
by its standards tall enough
one hundred eighty give or take
thousand feet above the sea
and though I was just a young man
it near whooped and hobbled me

The first day was a doozy
we climbed umpteen thousand feet
the second day was harder still
some parts we could not free
the third day we were stopped up short
by a monster storm you see
pinned down upon a ledge for days
and humbled to our knees

But then the storm clouds broke
and we pushed on without a fuss
climbing on for many days
up every overhanging truss
but a storm front moved back in
and caught us short pinned in our slings
dangling o’er the precipice
in blinding rain that stings

as we wiggled into bivy sacs
half wet and numb with cold
stuck in our hanging bivouac
with our spirits growing low
we wondered would we perish there
encrusted in an icy tomb
in eyesight of the summit cap
so ominous as it loomed

The storm finally abated
but the prognosis was grim
retreat was not a question
but our options were quite slim
the rock was iced with verglas
and the rain had turned to snow
though our only path was upwards
with no clue of where to go

My lead up through the icy roofs
was tedious and unsure
with fingers numb and frozen toes
the worst that I’d endured
and there upon that buttress
all the fates conspired to deem
that I’d make an err in judgement
that still wakes me in my dreams

I had reached around a roof
to find a hold that felt secure
and when I went to hang on it
believing it was was sure
the hold came off in my right hand
read further if you dare
as I waited for the rope to catch
I was plummeting through the air

As the wind rushed up around me
the rope did not abate
somehow the anchors failed us
and appeared to seal our fate
as my partner fell right past me
I bid him howdy do
as we both fell in unison
I was sure that we were through

Soon I had caught up to him
we shook and said goodbye
we fell so far we took a flask
and toasted mud in each others eye
we fell some more in silence
and waited for the crash
with time to play a game of cards
he took all of my cash

We fell and fell and fell and fell
and then we fell some more
we fell so far that time stood still
and hung itself upon the door
we fell way past our bedtime
and then we fell asleep
we dreamed while we were falling
we heard snoring as we counted sheep

At dawn we woke to see that
we’d stopped falling in the night
somehow our rope had caught upon
a tiny flake so spare and light
and as we looked below us
only inches give or take
was earth and terra firma
we’d been saved by just a tiny flake

We both looked ten years older
as we stepped upon the ground
we left our rope as a testament
and strode quietly back to town
we found a local establishment
and toasted to our luck
and pondered long the ludicrous
repeating only, “what the f*#k!”

We both hung up our climbing gear
to live ordinary lives
and as the many years gone by
we’ve been busy with our kids and wives
But not a single day goes by
that I do not recall
falling one hundred eighty thousand feet
in that monumental fall

It was just a little hill
by the name of Benwards Bluff
just a tiny little sea cliff
by its standards tall enough
one hundred eighty give or take
thousand feet above the sea
I’ll be never to forget how
it whooped and humbled me

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 3, 2019 - 08:39am PT
Bravissimo, Tim!

Glad you both survived that one.

The state of quantum flux
Feb 5, 2019 - 05:07am PT
Project Planet Heart

I see a candle
still burning
It’s what I see
when I look deep
inside my soul
It’s not just me
don’t you know
Oh whoa oh oh oh

What can I say
bad things happen everyday
Life is hard
and then we say
with sympathy
we’ve all been there before
is it true is it real is it earnest
who am I to say

For all my words
there are so many
without meaning
but some speak
my true feelings
like the mother with her child
there is no more perfect love
than what you see

For all our tears
some kept inside for years
some waiting for
the day they are revealed
what can I say but
I truly hope they’ll be
new tears of wonder
and of joy

Whoa oh oh
so many veils
yet some are lifted
It’s what I see
when I look deep inside my soul
It’s not just me
you might have been there too
and you have known


The state of quantum flux
Feb 9, 2019 - 08:26am PT
The Birch’s Lament

Once upon
a midnight stroll
alit by moon
and all alone
I came upon
a moonlit knoll
a corner in a hidden dome
where hand jams fit
and sunk to home

a solace
and a quiet tome
a magic book
to call my own
a respite from
the daily drone
of ruinous labor
and haunts to roam
or crimes long past
for to atone

And there upon
that rocky jamb
I climbed up high
to where began
the difficulties
I’d not planned
both feet then slipped
on stone they swam
I feared the final
plunge and slam

With toes now set
I found a perch
in desperate need
for holds I searched
then saw nearby
there swayed a birch
the top of which
that I might lurch
lest I succumb
to bad research

The way above
appeared quite grim
with chances of
success more slim
as I judged I
might catch a limb
I conjured from
some strength within
then threw all caution
to the wind

The jump was short
so off I leapt
but felt my left foot
might have slipped
and through the fall
the trunk I kept
with arms looped ‘round it
while I whipped
as every cross branch
cracked and ripped

for forty feet
I spun and clung
down spindly birch
stripped rung by rung
the lowest branch
it caught and flung
me hard on grassy
shelf among
the detritus
that I had brung

Waves of nausea
and blurry eyes
when I would move
or try to rise
the pounding head
bruised arms and thighs
with racing pulse
I realized
all signs of life
a welcome prize

Waking once again
at dawn
although the headache
now was gone
the aching limbs
I leaned upon
and limped for miles
to make a home
behind the wheel and comfort of
my trusty old automaton

Some cars might drive
all by them self
but mine not steered
by gnome or elf
with remedy
the miles went by
one birch more worse
for wear than I
the incident
now on the shelf

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 10, 2019 - 03:21am PT
Is There A Spell-Checker For Emojis?

Halley Kahoutek Hale-Bopp Attorneys send Holiday Greetings
to all of their clients in the X/S Galaxy.

Memo from Forever 21 System home office to those affected by the following:

Justice Joann Kirkland's Torrid Back Room Shoes
has been purchased by Starbucks/In-n-Out-n-Amazon.

This means many of you are due to be unemployed, possibly by next month.

People, get ready.

Blame the emojis for dumbing down language,
(yet, in so doing, they help to bring us closer
in a way that a child could understand)
but this has nothing to do with them.

We know what you're thinking, too, and it's not that.
"Crazy old man," that's what you're thinking.
And I'm all, "Not my house?
Get the hell out before I call the cops!
Wait! How did I get here?"

There is no cross-traffic
And I can sneak across the four lanes.
It's four a.m. in the fourth safest city in the world
You may have even been here at this same time of the morning
In the same location earlier in your life
Or you may come here later in your life
Or even later in another life
Or I might, too -- who knows
"Hey, this is not my house at all.
Where's Mother?"

Well on the curb, having made the jay-walk,
I have a feeling that in spite of the empty-appearing street
And sidewalk and parking lots and well-lit areas
Someone is watching me.
I just know it and there's no need to think
--But I collect myself
And we walk away all casual
With no looking over our shoulders.
It's a no-brainer.
If whoever is watching sees us
He may recognize that we are the same
And this is something that would tend to call attention to us
--Not that jay-walking at four a.m. is exactly stealth behavior.

It is always a crossroads in time somewhere
And today, right now, there is a traffic light
Which will never change but continue blinking amber
As I stand here on the corner of Body and Mind.

Blinking blinking blinking
Thinking and winking my lids to the beat of the light
I begin to feel solid but still very slight
And I step across boldly even though it's not right
And I care not if they're watching
And disappear in the night.
--Cray Z. Oldman

The state of quantum flux
Feb 11, 2019 - 11:26am PT

Silent goes the Peregrine

and there was then a quiet pause
after rising late one morn
reflecting on the pain of age
I found with it no fault or scorn

but pondering the sense of it
what little use of it I found
beyond biology and it’s alarms
no other rationale seemed sound

to suffer for the suffering
or anneal us for the coming years
explained nothing of its logic
allaying nothing of our fears

then it markedly occurred to me
might all our sufferings just be
a kind of dry run the the final hour
as a stratagem it seemed cruel to me

then long after such a quiet pause
as I found shelter from the storm
I pondered long the pain of age
and found with it naught but fault or scorn

-Tim Sorenson
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 11, 2019 - 04:39pm PT

pointless and useless
it's all so excuse-less
we should never oughta
pollute the earth's water
yet we poison ourselves
with the stuff on our shelves

and we don't seem to mind
all the crap left behind
from our industries' waste
to old tubes of toothpaste
it's more than we can handle
burning both ends of the candle
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Feb 12, 2019 - 03:39am PT
My Feet Hurt The Call

Foot by foot

by sodden foot when feet hurt

They heard it from the toe

The tow, a tug to go up,

once more again and again

to gain to gain again, must we

Can we for one more time again to go up

herd by foot by foot

Footfall, feet fail

free the heels, free thoughts heal

I'll undoubtedly feel ill,

tightly tied in not tied in at all,

Naught for not for knot

for no one to tie into, still

my feet hear the call, my feet hurt

I heard the call to go up don't have to

but can not stop, so alone still I go up

kick-kick wump wump kick

O, pull, pull pull
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 13, 2019 - 05:57am PT
They Felt Like Dancin', Yeah

Vance and Lance both liked to dance.
They had an audition, a really big chance,
For fame and for fortune, maybe even romance.

So they practiced all day and did calisthenics at night,
Which made them both vigorous, graceful and light.

But the facts were they were White and couldn't keep time
So their hopes were all dashed and they never made a dime.

Mighty Hikers in the Highlands

Strolling through the heather in the bitter winter weather
Here come Lance and Vance who've not got things together

They've swam three chilly lochs and traversed some snowy ben
But they haven't a single clue as to where they might have been

Scotland sucks when the sun doesn't shine
And they still haven't made a nickel or a dime

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 13, 2019 - 05:59am PT
Happy sappy Valentine!

Bears Do It

The offshore is now onshore and it's cold on the porch
but not too cold to enjoy the breeze, light the torch.
It's still dark outside but the day has begun
It's just that it's nice when we have some sun.
It's discontenting winter as Shakespeare once said,
But really, I think that it was all in his head.
It's not that hard to just hibernate some
And emerge all refreshed when the Springtime has come.

Let's Fall In Love (including the Finns)

The state of quantum flux
Feb 26, 2019 - 07:00am PT
On the road to Sandy Ditch

Along a passage to the sea
on the road to Sandy Ditch
the fungi and the tree moss grows
where birds do rarely chirp off pitch

Some say an old man on the hill
who lived above that winding tract
was a no good or a malcontent
and worse was heard matter of fact

A scientist who’d been defamed
Doc Hertzenberger was his name
he’d done hard time for murder
for grave robbing and for poaching game

No one had gone to the house for years
the gate was locked and barred
all overgrown with trumpet vines
and like a jungle from afar

A preacher who’d been philandering
with men and women from his flock
was on his way to services
and a fate worse than being defrocked

Never thinking he would cross paths
with a man of such ill temperament
his car broke down nearby his home
on a morning that he would lament

A neglect of needed engine service
attributed to the constant itch
for bourbon on a Sunday morn
hence the rendezvous near Sandy Ditch

His auto that once purred smoothly
now sat impotently along the road
the preacher sat and waited there
as fodder for the nematode

Standing immersed in poison oak
an old cow bellowed by the stream
the crows sat at attention
aligned like soldiers in a dream

Then rising from behind the wheel
he thought he heard the tow truck sound
but felt the hairs stand on his neck
sensing someone else was around

As he lifted up the motor hood
his face contorted wrenched with pain
reverberating through the gulch
an ax head struck him in the brain

And as the blood welled at his crown
and wicked along his suit so neat
his lifeless body was dragged away
through underbrush by his two feet

Along the road to Sandy Ditch where
some folks have their bits removed
their contribution’s duly noted
when Doc Hertzenberger’s in the mood

Where you’ll find no trace or evidence
that anyone has lost their way
or there’s ever been a disturbance
on any calm pastoral day


The state of quantum flux
Feb 28, 2019 - 04:40am PT
for all the little things

there’s a timeline for our joy
and a timeline for our misery
I can’t think about that though
don’t you know
it’s too painful
and I shouldn’t mention it

just so you know
I’ve been waiting for the right time
to tell you I appreciate you
for so many things
for all the little things
that you do

there’s a mountain up ahead
but you focus on the road
I always say I got this
I got so many things
It’s so easy now
thinking I know

I just want you to know
if it weren’t for how you handle it
we’d be lost with every storm
and I appreciate you
for all the little things
that you do

there’s a timeline for our pain
and a timeline for what’s ours
time’s been counting down
from the day we met
I can’t think about that
don’t you know

I just want you to know
oh oh oh
we’d be lost with every storm
I appreciate you
for all the love that you carry
and all the little things that you do

-tim sorenson

Sport climber
Mar 1, 2019 - 11:47am PT

Aldous Harding - The Barrel
[Click to View YouTube Video]

PJ Harvey — The Devil = From The Basement
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Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Mar 20, 2019 - 04:06pm PT
Limerick time.

Couch lock

When I first got some legalized pot
I though I might party a lot
But the high CBD
And the low THC
Almost put me to sleep on the spot.

And conversely -


When I first got some legalized weed
relaxation and sleep was my need
But the high THC
And the low CBD
Made me think I was tripping on speed.

But I’m stuck when it comes to rhyming hybrid, sativa and indica! Well, I’ll work on it. And them.
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