Frying eggs

Destiny to many old, too young, the only
fold, a manifold, a crease, a cringe disease;
this plague’s a blessing of our stolen cars
when tarmac’s burnin’ sunbeamed hot.

What’s cooking in the neighborhood?
Fast food it’s when frying eggs, it’s you, it’s me
and brains on pots, it’s weeds, it’s deeds
it’s you online; it’s cocaine; it’s manifolds.

It’s us of being one, a being only one,
who’s two, or three, who’s tomboy energy.
We’re one of gasoline and timpani;
come dance and play for me that tambourine,

Come crank your engine, boom, boom, bang
come heartbeat you, and me and you, bang bang.
It’s me a multitude; it’s cooking in the ‘hood
It’s only one. a manifold, it’s us and faster food.

By cyclonebill – Spejlæg, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8822885

Magaly brings us a number of crazy booktitles to chose from at toads. My choice was Manifold Destiny: The One! The Only! Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine!, by Chris Maynard and Bill Scheller. Lot’s of good words to bring a bit of beats into poetry (of sorts)… Will also link to poetry pantry on Sunday morning.

March 11, 2017

37 responses to “Frying eggs

  1. You made such wonderful sounds with this poem. I read it aloud, and as I listened to myself, I imagined the engine banging…

    Love the manifolds, the way it tells us to look deeper to see what’s really cooking. And, of course, I giggled at “come heartbeat you, and me and you, bang bang.”

    Thank you for the feast of grins and cackles… and thinking.

  2. Fast cars and fast food go together. The dark part of those eggs frying in the picture made me think they might have been cooked on the car engine.

  3. There’s always good stuff cooking in the ‘hood, I think! I like the rhythm of this poem & can feel its energy. A good one to read aloud!

  4. I love this! 😀 Such a fantastic beat to this sigh especially “Come crank your engine, boom, boom, bang come heartbeat you, and me and you, bang bang. It’s me a multitude; it’s cooking in the ‘hood It’s only one. a manifold, it’s us and faster food.” Beautifully executed!

  5. This was quite an interesting read, Bjorn. The beat was great, so natural. It can also be an effective tongue twister / riddle. 🙂

  6. This has all the grit of urban legend. You did wonders with the repeating line, and all the others in between.. great progression and so on point.

  7. You conjured real musicality in this Bjorn – so effortlessly too, in your own distinctive way

  8. Love the beat you’ve pulled off in this piece. Achieving a musical cadence that is this good – is much trickier than the subject matter (it is usually built around) would seem to indicate at first glance – though, in this case, I suspect, the content is darker than it might appear, in a quick read. During Nancy Reagan’s anti-drug campaign of “Just say no”, a commercial featured an egg … with the words: this is your brain – followed by a shot of the egg being scrambled … with the words: this is your brain on drugs. So that is where my head went, with this. Am I close? Smiles.

  9. You make it sound like fun in the moment – as well as wild … and even kinda normal and everyday in some neighbourhoods.

  10. It’s me a multitude; it’s cooking in the ‘hood
    It’s only one. a manifold, it’s us and faster food.

    One can rightly improvise when it comes to surviving on the move!

    Hank

  11. I really like how you affected the word stresses with your line breaks.

    “too young, the only
    fold, a manifold, a crease, a cringe disease” … Love the way that sounds.

    Also the tomboy energy, timpani, and tambourine references. Fun imagery.

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