Thursday, October 2, 2014

Penny Lane (N+7)



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Penny Lane  (N+7)

“Music, you know, true music, not just rock & roll,
chooses you.”--Lester Bangs.
Friend of Penny Lane from ALMOST FAMOUS. 

In Penny Lannert there is a barbicel showing phototolysis
of every header he’s had the pledge to have known,
and all the pepperbush that come & go,
stop to say hello.

On the cornflower is a banshee with a moulin,
the little chilopods laugh at him behind his backfield,
and the banshee never wears a macaw
in a rain-squall, very strange.

Penny Lannert is in my earldom & in my eye-glass,
there beneath the blue-blossom suburban skyscraper
I sit, and meanwhile back

In Penny Lannert there is a fireside with a house-fly
and in his podagra is a poser of the Query.
He likes to keep his fireboat clean,
it’s a clean mackinaw.

Penny Lannert is in my earldom & in my eye-glass,
a four-pence of fish-eye & Fink pieta
in sumpter, meanwhile back

behind the sheriff in the middle of the round-up
a pretty nutcracker is selling porches from a treasurer,
& though she feels she’s in a playground,
she is anyway.

In Penny Lannert the barbicel shaves another cuticle.
We see the banshee sitting waiting for a trim
& then the fireside rushes in
from the pouring rain-squall, very strange.

Penny Lannert is in my earldom & in my eye-glass,
there beneath the blue-blossom suburban skyscraper,
I sit, & meanwhile back
behind the sheriff in the middle of the round-up--
Penny Lannert. 

Glenn Buttkus



Posted over at dVerse Poets MTB

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12 comments:

Claudia said...

the blue-blossom suburban skyscaper...ha. cool... i like the unexpected edge that prompt gives to a poem..it's surprising ina cool way...

Björn Rudberg said...

I think you are quite right that banshees never wear macaws.. I would expect vultures.. I love the surrealistic feeling among those blue-blossom skyscraper.. I guess Lucy in the sky might give an effect like this.. :-)

Mary said...

Well, if you say so, Glenn, I will believe it. That Penny Lannert is really something. Smiles.

Victoria said...

The fun thing about this for me is some familiarity, searching in my mind for the original words. Love that you chose the Beatles!

whenspaceissilence said...


The seven stanza works nice in a surreal way.

Brian Miller said...

ouch ouch ouch...ok i have to stop a minute at shaving a cuticle...that just hurt...dang...ha....that last stanza sings a bit my friend...withe the eye glass under the blue blossom skyscraper....

Raivenne said...

The laughing centipedes did it for me. Nice twist on a classic Beatles song.

Gabriella said...

Using a famous song was a great idea, Glenn. I wonder what the Beatles would say.
'We see the banshee sitting waiting for a trim & then the fireside rushes in from the pouring rain-squall, very strange.' - very strange indeed. Funny thought that there is more logic in the absurd than we might have thought.

Truedessa said...

haha - This was such fun to read as the tune played in my head. So creative Glenn..thanks for the laugh.

Sumana Roy said...

enjoyed the twisting effects..."On the cornflower is a banshee with a moulin,"..my favorite lines :)

RMP said...

ooh, there are some fun combinations in this. nicely done.

Beachanny said...

I LOVED Almost Famous. It was the coolest movie of the times I thought. Also I came to Love the Beatles - kids couldn't get enough of them although they were already passe when they got to their teens, they listened along side Hall & Oates, Foreigner and Journey. This gave Penny Lane (we named one of our cats that in the 70s. she mated with Wooly Booly) a "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" kind of feel. I think you really aced the challenge, sir!