Monday, May 22, 2017

Deck Decibels


image from asf.alaska.edu


Deck Decibels

“My body is an ugly masterpiece that lives
off the beauty of sound.”--Chad Sugg.

Residing near
the vast
inland sea of
Puget Sound,

my deck-time
is serenaded
by Soundgarden,

as my old tom
sounds-off to
the neighbor’s cat.

Rarely I beat
my wife soundly
at pinochle.

My grandchildren’s
laughter is the sound

I Iove the most.


Glenn Buttkus

Posted over at dVerse Poets Pub

22 comments:

brudberg said...

I do love both the sound of Soundgarden and the sweet sound of a children...

Victoria said...

Methinks I see another side of you, Glenn--that doting grandfather who is helpless when confronted with his progeny. Nice sense of place in this.

paulscribbles said...

The sounds of a man at peace with himself and the world about him.

indybev said...


Sounds a man having reached the age of contentment. What a wondrous place to be.

Jericho said...

A couple of parts really made me giggle. The underlayers are priceless, Glenn. My favorite is the part that sounds like you're saying "rarely do I beat my wife." :P

I love the title and opening quote as well.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Oh I love this!❤️ Especially the laughter of grandchildren is a cherishable moment indeed!❤️

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Great poem, Glenn.

Linda Kruschke said...

So much great imagery in this. And I chuckled that we both wrote about Puget Sound for our Quadrille, though the results are quite different. I love that you've weaved in loss and life and grandkids' laughter.

Jilly said...

Wonderful poem, Glenn! I've been listening to Soundgarden lo these many days, myself.

Arcadia M said...

Lovely quadrille Glenn. :)

Grace said...

The best sounds there is, Glenn ~ What a great time with loved ones ~

Mark Walters said...

The sounds of children's laughter is the very best. I'm glad you included that your beating your wife was followed by "at pinochle", lol

Truedessa said...

Enjoy the sound of their laughter, it truly is beautiful.

Gayle Walters Rose said...

What a great title for all those deck activities going on. I could hear your tom responding to another cat and the playful voices of your grandchildren...sweet.

Sara McNulty said...

Wonderful sounds, Glenn. Your line breaks are excellent in this.

Kim Russell said...

Plenty of Soundgarden in our house, all the time for about 25 years, but sadly no children for a while.

lillianthehomepoet.wordpress.com said...

Love this! And oh I so agree....times with a spouse and the smiles and laughter of grandchildren....perfect! And yes, deck activities include all of those sounds and that tom cat howling too! :) Smiling I am.

Sascha Darlington said...

So many layers here. So much sound, great all of it.

Sarah Russell said...

Love this, Glenn.

qbit said...

Nice!

Frank Hubeny said...

I can see how the laughter of the grandchildren is the loveliest.

Cedar Wind said...

I like the feeling you create by using deck-time as your setting, opening with 'living off the beauty of sound' quote and weaving sound into each stanza...