Why Do We Write?

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We write because the blank piece of paper and the pen are there. We write because this is our addiction and we are proud of it. Our habit, our drug, our crutch. Whatever you wish to call it. We write because since an early age we felt it deep in our souls and in our bones. The poem must be written, the story must be told and the new myths and Gods are waiting for you to bring them forth from out of the darkness and to bring them into the light of being. You are a creator, so create. You are the writer. So write.

 

~ R.M. Engelhardt

“EPITAPH” LUMMOX #3

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LUMMOX 3

 

 

Epitaph for

 

 

The lost poem

Which contained

 

Everything

And nothing.

 

Touched everyone, anyone

Who desired

 

The mystery of mysteries

Words of words, which brought forth

 

Language

 

Both blessed & cursed us

Married us, buried us and parted

 

The heavens and the

Deep blue seas

 

 

Made Houdini disappear

And broke the sole of

Khrushchev’s soul

 

Shot Kennedy

And then shot a rocket

 

To the moon

 

 

Sold us, indiscriminate

Commanded us to war and glory

And holocaust – unimagined imagination

The scavengers & architects, history

Fighting for space apocalyptic

Down on Wall Street and in the Silicone Valley

 

 

Stages of poetry and stages

Of time living, breathing & dying

On the battlefields

 

Of life.

 

The Poem,

 

Too early

 

Too late

 

Too bad

 

The lost poem

Which contained

Nothing and everything

Everything and nothing

 

At all.

 

 

You left it home on the

Kitchen table where your children

Drew on it

In crayon

 

It is just as well.

 

~ R.M.

Some Day

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“Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity,…we shall harness the energies of love. Then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” Unless humankind discovers this fire, and uses it to burn away everything that blocks the changes that must come in order to transform the planet into the mirror of divine beauty it is meant to be, it will die out and take most of nature with it.”
~ Teilhard de Chardin

The Dead Crooner

The Dead Crooner.

The Kenmore Hotel

THE DEAD CROONER

This ain’t the story of Bing Crosby. And sure as shit ain’t the story of Sinatra or Fred Astaire either. This is a story unfit for Bobbie-soxers & the elderly. And this is not the story of some sentimental journey, a very very long-time “ago”.

So let’s all get nostalgic and flashback as they say to the golden days. Where dreams were a dime a dozen and love was still innocent,for a few. At least that’s what they say. This story starts back in the days when some guys named “The Nazi’s” were just starting up the party in a place called Germany, and when some shit-head named Adolph Hitler who they called “DA Fur her” told the world that they were all inferior to his master race. Then one day in the neighborhood he just came along they say. A young man in his early 30’s, not a kid at all but some guy who looked like he had it all together. With his leather jacket flung over his one arm, hair slicked back with pomade and a Lucky-Strike dangling from the corner of his lip. Five feet-10inch’s & all the the girls said “He’s a dish”. That confident smile, the smart ass knowing grin, and a voice they all say that they remembered as sounding like some kind of magic, some kind of bird as he walked from place to place in Albany. He, knowing everybody back then, and everybody knowing him.

“Don’t let your daughters go near that crazy jazz fella!”, All the mothers would say,”He’s trouble!”. As if just by the sight of looking at him all their daughters would instantly become impregnated. But the secret is, the rumor was was that some of those mom’s wanted & got some “singing” lessons on the side themselves.

“Hey!, I’m singing at the club tonight!” He’d tell them. “The New Kenmore Hotel” You should come check me out. the legend being that he had learned to sing from and that his voice was a gift from singing in some negro~black churches when he was younger, and that over the years he had sang with all the creme de’la creme as well. Bull Moose, P. Baby Dodds & The Scranton Singers as well as many others. Rumors that he was into “Voo doo” strange drugs & everything else and that he didn’t worship God, like a good Sunday-morning christian. But night after night his orchestra & his beautiful voice had filled the room as couples danced, swayed and fell in love. Going on forever as if the music would never stop. Gallagher? What was his last name they say these days? The big band historians don’t remember.

Then, one night, as the old-story goes. Upon the dark streets of Albany after all the bars closed. A debt was settled & paid …in full. Y’see the singer, the crooner didn’t know what he had gotten himself into. As if there were some hand of strange fate that had reached out and ended his brief career. What happened was he crossed the wrong man’s, the devil’s path as they say. A man known in the city known as “Legs Diamond”. And a man who wasn’t pleased that some good-looking, handsome singer with his tones of gold, was screwing his girlfriend inside the hotel. And on that dark, cold night one October as the wind brushed by his face, walking down Broadway, the crooner got snared by some of Diamond’s men. And that was the night he paid the devil his due. As still alive, screaming they held him there on that street corner and cut him open deep from chest to throat. Gutted him, still breathing…screaming & gasping for air, like a fish. And then as legend has it took the only thing that that boy had had left. His voice. And dumped the rest his body in the Hudson River but took that one piece of him..that made him unique, and hid it somewhere, possibly in a palace, where no one except Legs would know where to find.And O’Connell and all the police..did nothing.

But many years have passed, long ago since that fateful night. Times change, times swing and time goes by, and they rock n’ roll and have moved onto bigger & better things, where the streets & all the old buildings of that era remain empty and vacant. All of the people from another time, seemingly erased as well as the gangsters who are also remembered vaguely. But the kids? They just keep on dancing, whatever the newest craze, as they should. And yet what happened to Gallagher? they never found his body or anything that was left of him, and remains for the better part of things “A Ghost” in the history of the time of the big bands. Yet every now and then, when the city streets are empty in the early near-morning hours under the streetlights as you are walking you can still hear some strange-sweet beautiful voice singing from out of nowhere, a phantom that lulls you into thinking that someone is walking towards you from around the corner, which you turn. And it has been reported by strangers & college students that if you listen that you may possibly see him there. A good-looking man in his mid-30’s in a pinstripe suit, smoking a cigarette, who then suddenly & mysteriously fades away.And in Albany they refer to him as “The Dead Crooner”. an urban legend, as they say. Appearing..here & there to the ladies as they walk by what’s left of The Kenmore saying

“Hey beautiful? Can I sing you a dream?

And then, just vanishing…into thin air.

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R.M. Engelhardt

ANDY KAUFMAN IS ?

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Andy Kaufman is Dead

Andy Kaufman is Dead

Andy Kaufman is Dead

Andy Kaufman is Dead

Andy Kaufman is Dead

 

Andy Kaufman is Dead?

 

Andy Kaufman is

Andy Kaufman is

Andy Kaufman is

Andy Kaufman is

Andy Kaufman is

Andy Kaufman is

 

“Alive”

 

And currently working

As an Andy Kaufman-Elvis

Impersonator

In Hollywood

 

 

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~ R.M. ENGELHARDT

 

20 Years

walltime.jpgTwenty years will come and go. Twenty years enough time to know that there’s beauty in all life. The clocks will stop, the hearts will die but the love will bring you home. The love will always bring you home and always find you.

 

~ R.M. Engelhardt

LEXIKON

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“Initiate”

 

 

Trans-mute,

Transcend

All “Matter”

 

 

Bring Forth,

And Thus Summon

 

 

All Gods … And Words

Obsolete (They Return)

 

 

Creation. Soul. Dimension. Time.

 

 

AWAKEN “The Dead”

 

Sound~ECHO Of Crashing Waves Entities

Dying Against All Flesh Bleeding, Bled

 

Into VOICE.

 

 

As the Smoke Of Her Cigarettes, Her Smell

& The Image Of Her Body All Still Linger,

 

Like A Poem, Perfume Instilled

 

Unto That One Perfect Dream

 

Of Youth.

 

 

 

Spring.

 

Roar.

 

Snow.

 

Moon.

 

Soar In & Thru

 

Eternity, A Song

Of  Beauty Beneath & Hidden

Between

 

 

“Days”

 

To Wish To Pray

To Become & Believe

 

In Some Vacant Thought

 

Un-Aware

 

Called “Inspiration”

 

 ~ R.M. Engelhardt 2011