Friday, December 21, 2007

Dr. Seus's Electric Kool-Aid

One fish and two fish;
one fish loves to swim
two fish would rather
walk on the dry land.

red fish and blue fish;
the red sees the ocean
half-way full
but the blue fish knows
it must be
half empty.

Seen black and white,
the red fish is gray
and the blue fish
a hazy shade of same.

In black waters deep,
or white waters steep
one swims left
one swims right
no matter how dark--
or how bright the light.

A circular dance
of life and death
and death and life...

Black and white
in the center they meet,
the Tao of Pisces--
the circle is complete.

I have no idea what Joan Jett would do, nor what she has to do with Dr Seus or the electric kool-aid acid test, but I liked this combo, and that's what matters. Now it's your turn to ponder the imponderable question that this bottom pic poses.

Above that is some sweet nostalgia, and at the top is Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, a depiction of her gazing at the fishes. (I take it she's a Pisces, as well)

Peace and love, y'all.


Joan Jett said...

I'd put another dime in the jukebox, baby--I love rock and roll!

singleton said...

From one to another,
one fish two fish
red fish blue fish....

And that my friend was ta!dah!
Love it!

eric1313 said...

I knew you'd love it!

A blast from the past, kapow, and keep it movin' along...

Hope you had a great Christmas party, and that the family all had fun.

What am I thinking? Of course the Singleton Clan had fun! It's what you do!

Anonymous said...

Joan Jett and the electric kool-aid acid test make sweet rock n roll love.

And Dr. Seuss, he just watches.

One fish two fish red fish blue fish.

eric1313 said...


Thank you for the big laugh of the day. Dr. Seus the big fat perv...

Socrates was right. What the hell are we teaching our children?

karma lennon said...

Wow, what a wicked trip, man. Very groovy. LOVE IT. You know I have yet to read that book? It's been on my list forever (Electric Koolaid that is not Dr. Seuss ;)) Peace, my friend.

eric1313 said...


Glad you loved it. I was worried it was a little too flaky, but what the hell? It's Christmas!

lance said...

Great post!
And Merry Christmas!

JR's Thumbprints said...

'Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la Lah
Lah Lah Lah Laaahhh.
Hope you Christmas is Merry
and your New Year Happy.

eric1313 said...


Thanks for the stop, once again. I'll drop by soon.

Take care.

eric1313 said...


Good to see you! Thanks for the visit, like always.

Yeah, this is a blue but merry Christmas. It's all good. Tomorrow, I will be with my family and friends.

All will be right with the universe.

Peace out.

Anonymous said...

That is a cool Pisces tattoo poem, they separate, and join up and suddenly we see them together in a flash of realisation at the end of the poem. Cool little head spinnning chasing the fishyfish Pisces tattoo poem, and I see Ms Jett liked it too, woohoo,

Pythia3 said...

Merry Christmas, Eric! I know it's still a little early but I'm feeling 'in the spirit' at this very moment and sharing those feelings of joy with YOU!

PS I find myself one fishing, two fishing, red fishing and blue fishing every now and again . . . and it always makes me smile :)

Anonymous said...

For a minute, I thought you were talking about my relationship. That'd be a bit self-centered, no? But I do love the parallels you draw between two directions and two individuals, who ultimately don't look that different when looking at them through a certain view. It resonates.

And Dr. Seuss? Really? Hah.

Camplin said...

Your poetry and image work well together.

Danny Tagalog said...

Hi Eric, long time no see. Then suddenly he is revealed - with a beaming grin, no less. I'm not exactly *back* as I have a trip back home and an essay to polish. But into the next year, am looking forward to blogging every two days.

Happy New Year!!!

PS: Those Mouseketeers are mind controlled, aren't they?

Princess Pointful said...

This one was a pleasant dose of fun, sprinkled with a little Eric patented symbolism, with a Joan Jett cherry on top!
Hope all is well in your world, Eric.
And thank you for your kind words about my current state of happiness :)

eric1313 said...


Ms. Jett loved it and for that I was proud.

It's a crazy way to be, but I feel just like that, one way then the other, all directions at once pointing toward my center.


And a merry Christmas to you, as well. And you are totally allowed to share any time. Wish me a merry Christmas in July and I'll holler it right back at you!

That's funny, one of my ex girlfriends used to have the T shirt with that page one line on it. It was damn cute. And every now and then I find myself remembering it line for line.

Good stuff--thank you for your kindness. That's a blessing in and of itself.

eric1313 said...


If it fits your life run with it--who cares what I had in mind! It's the reader that matters. But you interpretations are accurate--now, imagine one being with this personality, the right and the left.

Yep, really! I thought it would be a funny title, so I went with it. Pure self indulgence.

Thanks and I hope everything works out soon. I know it will.

eric1313 said...


Welcome back! And thanks for the word, always glad to hear it from you.

Peace out.

Danny Tagalog

Yep, that's my ugly mug! But I do smile nicely, don't I?

I understand you're going back to Britain for the first time in years. I'm glad for you. And I hope the essay works out well.

Of course, the New Year is right around the bend--and yes, these new "mouseketeers", Brittney, Christina and Jessica Simpson put the ho back in in ho ho ho. Very strange indeed.

Take care!

eric1313 said...


Glad you liked it. It was fun to write! I did it a while ago at a porch party, which is always a fun way to write, as you know.

And your happiness was an easy observation to make. Obvious to one who knows your writing so well. It was crisp and intelligent, as always but heightened. You are where you belong--with those you love, and it shows.

Sandy Kessler said...

spectacular pick that first one - I'm thinking I'd dane the night away or romance the night away

iamnasra said...

Merry X-Mas to you too...

Loved your poem on fish ..How are you doing

Camplin said...

You can find a list of good journals that take poetry at good luck.

eric1313 said...


Thank you, as always. We should always dance the night away--and leave room for the romance afterward.


Thank you!

And the poem is nice, glad you liked it.

I'm doing OK. I've had a lot of friends who are very supportive, and talking about everything helped a lot, too. And of course, you helped in many ways that you could.

Take care, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

eric1313 said...


Thank you. That is invaluable. I'll make sure to use it.

Take care.

Charles Gramlich said...

Cool! One of my favorite sayings is "What would Conan do?" as in Conan the Barbarian

eric1313 said...


Thanks for the stop! I think Conan would tell me he doesn't do poetry. But that would be fine. As long as I escape with my life, it would be all good.

Enemy of the Republic said...

Is that first image by Singleton?

eric1313 said...


No, I found it on a Google search. It does look like her kind of work, though, doesn't it?

Bemused said...

I really like this one! the two fish make up the whole. I can relate so much...

eric1313 said...


Thanks for the visit. And yeah, we Pisces are dominated by two halves that can go either way. and go both.

It's amazing how dominant this trait is!

X. Dell said...

Reminds me of my '60s childhood, actually, the juxtapositiion of Electric Kool-Aid (sans cyclamates) and Dr. Seuss.

Joan Jett came along in early adulthood. I am having a bit more difficulty placing her into the post. Still, I'm always happy to see her.

eric1313 said...

X Dell

Like I said, I had no idea how she fit into the picture, either. I just wanted to post that one, and she really wasn't ever going to fit in anywhere.

But the sixties are time I look back at and wish I had been there. I guess the big difference between today and that time is the draft. If there was a draft, then revolution would be on everyone's lips (and keyboards, with due respect to this medium), and not just an idea people are afraid to exercise. This country was founded on it and it will most likely die from it, too.

That's what the leaders are afraid of, and why they won't institute a draft.

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