Category Archives: Nursery

A place where stories, memoirs or just ideas gestate and ferment

I Dream In Poems



Tell me about yourself

I said.

She said

I dream in poems.

When I asked

what she meant

she asked

Do you dream in color

Or black and white?

I dream in color

I said.

I dream in poems

she replied.





I asked

Do you have any pets.

A dog;

a dog


a cat.

What are their names?

I name all my pets the same

she said.

Oh yes?

I name them after myself.

There are fewer to keep track of then.

Fewer names

less confusion.

What does one of your dreams

look like

she asked.

What does one of yours

sound like

I asked

in reply.

Maximilian’s Multi-Chambered Heart

Much is made in literature of the human heart. A marvelous contraption, it is comprised of four chambers, there are the left and right sides, of course, each comprised of a ventricle and an atrium. The atria serve as antechambers, the waiting rooms of the heart, where the blood is marshaled and staged for its eventual entry into the real workplace, the ventricle, where it shall dally only for the briefest of time before being propelled out to ferry oxygen to the many constituent parts of the body.

Maximilian had a heart, but it was often said that Max’s heart had many more chambers than yours or mine. Max had a heart with at least forty chambers, by his reckoning. You see, Max had figured out that into each chamber of each heart one love could fit. He reasoned that a typical person could harbor a few loves at once. There would be two, two precious ones, which could tarry in the atria, and two others, two turgid ones, which could rush through the ventricles. A man, by Max’s theory, could husband the love for his wife and his mother, preserve it, and yet have a place for the fleeting lust for a mistress or a waitress, or both.

Max was no mere man. Max was sure that he had his forty chambers in his heart, and Max set about finding a love to fill each of them. As his heart was no larger than the average man’s, it necessarily had much smaller chambers. Thus, he harbored much smaller loves. Rather than a lavish boudoir, a chamber in Max’s heart resembled a bus shelter or phone booth. The loves he sequestered there would thus be more modest, if they were to last, or more abrupt, if they were to be intense. This is all a delicate balancing act, and this required Max’s utmost attention if he were to maintain even the slightest degree of decorum.

Because of the peculiar demands of maintenance his heart imposed upon him, Max had learned to avoid those deep and broad loves. That would never fit within one of the countless chambers under his leasehold. No, Max would seek the shallow, the fleeting, those briefest and most transient of affairs. Whenever he would start to fall in love, in love, Max would remind himself of the massive amount of housekeeping which would be involved merely to arrange accommodations for this love.

He would imagine the swarms of romantic white blood cells sent in to evict excess or dilatory loves to make way for the new large one, and the lymphatic moving crews required to clear away the detritus. He would think of the security deposits to be processed… By the time Max was done with his cardiac bookkeeping he would have lost all interest in this new, larger love. He would go back to the small loves.

The small loves, they always seemed to keep him company anyway. They made only small demands upon him. They gave him small delights. They left only a little scar tissue. They couldn’t even be missed.

And neither, it seemed, could Max.

Just A Phrase I’m Going Through

“My Dress Whispers `Reckless,’ I Don’t Feel Right”

Words found in a Google search, from a web page no longer extant.  I’ll just put them here for safe keeping, ’til a use can be found for them.

“Her dress whispers reckless” comes from the Hey Monday song, “Josey” but the next line should be “The night starts now as she slips on her necklace.”

The phrase has taken on new life, however, in teen girl’s blog postings and titles.  This particular instance, however, seems to have been scrubbed since being written.  Perhaps because the post went on to describe self destructive behavior.

For A Moment

He looked at her face and for just a moment he saw it age — he saw the years fly by in seconds, her jowls settle, her dimples droop — he saw, in that moment, the face he might see decades hence.