Saturday, July 31, 2021

Dog and Owlet Are Best Friends

Found this You Tube video about Ingo, a Belgian Shepherd, who was best friends with an abandoned owlet, Poldi.

Beautifully photographed by Tanja Brandt, a German wildlife photographer.


Sunday, July 18, 2021

An old poem retrieved from my files

Plane Crashes, No Survivors


for ourselves
alone, so alone
a father, a brother
an uncle, a friend

raw pain scorches
no tears left
a gaping hole
where there once was a heart


half-empty album
for daughters on bicycles
bridal bouquets
and grandchildren's hugs

novels half-finished
cases untried
missing puzzle pieces 
will never be found


remembering Jim
a laugh sent by email
my Internet friend
who wrote gorgeous prose

quest for adventure
beyond the next cloud
exuberant pilot
will soar forever

Copyright 1997, Barbara Etlin, all rights reserved

In memory of Jim Osborne (1948-1997)

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Signs of the Times, Part Two

 Remember the

clever billboards in front of a synagogue

that have been brightening up a nearby street?

The synagogue hasn't had any visitors since March,

 but that writer has been busy making drivers smile.

Here are more examples of sparse writing

where every word counts.

Thou shalt not covid thy neighbour's wife.

2020 is hindsight.

In my copywriting days, the layout came first and I had to fit my copy into it.

I had to count words. Sometimes I had to count characters.

That was excellent training for other kinds of writing.

I appreciate this writer's economy of words and sense of humour.