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Poetry  and Other Artistic Writings such as Stories
T. Buckingham Thomas physics Oberlin WOBC Richwood Tom Thomas Chyron Infinit Pittsburgh
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An altar bursts into flame?  Somebody set it on fire.  A lame man takes a few steps?  He already had that ability.  A woman who has been unable to conceive finally does so?  This sort of thing happens every day.

When Biblical writers tell these stories, they attribute the "miracles" to divine intervention.  However, I tend to suspect that there may be other explanations that rely less on the supernatural.  So I decided to retell the stories my way.  Here's my list, in Bible order.

Let Us Make Man

A god foolishly starts creating things.

The Burning Bush

Aaron's magician helps him speak for God.

Nun's Tale

A son destroys dad's livelihood and plots genocide.

Eli

An old priest has troubles with his boys.

Obadiah

During a drought, prophets are killed.

Nineveh

Jonah tells a tall tale about a whale.

Cana

For my first illusion, see these water jars?

Simon of Shimron

Jesus's younger brother thinks he's crazy.

Transfiguration

Jesus turns on his disciples.

Entombed

Lazarus rehearses Jesus's resurrection.

The Great Grave Robbery

Nicodemus's bribe leads to Caesar's decree.

Emmaus

On Easter, two despondent disciples meet a man.

Doubting Thomas

Did a ghost appear in a locked room?

The Old Mann and the Sea

A prescient suggestion inspires fishermen. 

The Beautiful Gate

A disabled man's job is disrupted by do-gooders.

Fleshing Out Jesus

Mark's gospel gives life to Paul's preaching.

Solomon Redner

The pessimistic author of Ecclesiastes is the guest on an interview show.

When You're In Rome

...wear a toga!

Talking with Paul

The famous letter-writer, a confirmed bachelor, is the guest on an interview show.

Mark vs Luke

The first evangelist accuses the second of depicting Jesus as excessively meek and mild.

1870

Beware the Jabberwock

What is a slithy tove, anyway?  And where can you watch the submarine races?

1890

All Minds are Little

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.  And a God.  And you're going to heaven.

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1900

Under the Talcott Tree

John Prindle Scott's serenade.

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1950

A Mother's Garden in a New Land

My mother's poem about learning again how to garden on the windy plains of Richwood, Ohio.

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1960

Bumm Dum Tillium

Nonsense lyrics for a Beethoven piece played on a speeded-up piano.

Vernon Thomas at the Richwood Fair

A local poet guests on my father's radio program from the fair.

Antihymeneal Hymns

Parody songs against marriage (and feminism), from an unproduced musical.

Moon through the Night

As chairman of the Decoration Committe, I plan for the Junior-Senior Prom and write a melancholy poem.

I Do Not Need a Cure

A song disclaiming the "cure for life," with music by Haydn.

Rain in November

Outside Richwood High School, a gloomy night.

To a Staple

A little parable.

Bill Doodle

Set to the music of a Brahms rhapsody, the story of a young man who willingly puts himself in harm's way.

Playing with Words

A family in a rut, a very long sentence, and songs about thwarted cheerleaders and noble underdogs at Richwood High School.

Prom

May, 1965:  some impressions.

Sing, Sing a Song

Of sixpence, of cities, but especially of colleges.

A Freshman Crush

At college, I'm dazzled by a friendly princess.  Yet I am not worthy.

Rev. Wagner's Cake

A comic song for a going-away party.

The Parable of the Lady and the Cat

A shy, longing student's blank verse.

The Prophetess

I get inside her head, in two languages.  She may not want me there.

Need It Be Said?

A song for a character who cannot believe.

The Silent Dark

A poem about my parents' nighttime journey to hear me on the radio.

Promonius and Constanes

Two Shakespearian types contemplate the impending Commencement of the Class of 1968.

Item Four

Unable to love, I nevertheless pen a sonnet.

Three Bad Dreams

Versifying my nightmares.

1970

Letters from Jan: Readjustment

We exchange poems about her love life.  She breathes one note; I suggest a melody might be more effective.

Can You Repeat That?

I recall two comic roles, including one in which my voice broke appropriately, plus a couple of vocalists from the 1990s.

The Songs of Linda

Dramatizing a true story from my past — a story of love gone bad.

On Your Wooden Anniversary

Choosing a sufficiently animated gift.

Great Songs of Broadway

Listen to me play the piano for my parents, recorded live to eight-track tape.

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1990

Love the One You're With

A tale of a new puppy and a resentful cat.

Fleeing the Storm

A "quiet" week on Lake Pontchartrain.

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2000

Requiem

From 19th-century music, some words for those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

Verse Is Where You Find It

Others' prose about chilling out.

Add Drama

A few ideas for enlivening traditional performances.

Smilin' Through

Maybe Mel Brooks and I once had the same book on the music racks of our respective pianos. 

Zoey and the Zekoonies

A little girl and her grandfather discuss whether dogs go to heaven.

We Are Not Crooks

I dream of Nixon, resulting in a short story.

To Boil a Frog

A horrific drive down a hill.

2010

It Ain't Us, Babe

Congressman, it ain't me you're workin' for, babe.

Tucksey

Can someone be good without God's guidance?  An opinionated Southerner weighs in.

Add More Drama!

At church, an old hymn becomes a dialogue; Woody Guthrie declares our land is his land too.

 


Abalone, anemone, albacore — what's the word I want?

Albaugh:  "Play like we are beautiful and brave"

America the Beautiful, above the enameled plain

Are you okay?  I haven't heard from you lately

Beethoven's "Ode to Freedom"?

Benchley tries to doze on a train

"Bespoke" apparently means "spoken for"

Christians translate the Hebrew poetry of Job

Classic rock and holiday classics never fade away

Come to the fair, heigh-ho!

Coventry Carol's "little tiny child" isn't Jesus

Dark curtain descends across continent

Doggie sings backup on an old song

Durante, Jimmy, knew how to sing Snowman, Frosty the

Dylan:  "I'm just a song-and-dance man"

"Eek" in Chaucer and Shakespeare means "also"

George's guitar gently weeps over the coming disaster

Hair opens at a theater I'd visited

"Jingle Bells" and other songs of romance are for February

Land ain't sure, mount do!

Latin joke

Leap-year kid, now 21, is not an adult; has had only five birthdays

Melanie, singer (flourished 1970-72)

Melanie and the candles in the rain

Mendelssohn's "Paulus" is essentially Bach

Moon shines over our high school prom

Mormon names for "Alizabeth" and her kids

My economically ravaged home

"O thus be it ever" verse from the National Anthem

Palin-dromes illustrated

Partridge?  Pear tree?  Perdrix?

"Peter Pan" is just an actor and can't possibly fly up off the stage, right?

Prix fixe?

Repeating the same phrase aids memory

Repeating the same word is avoided in English writing

Rhymes:  "Hey Jude"

Rhymes:  Inexact

Rhymes:  Inventive

Romeo, wherefore art thou?  That is, why?

"Saming" and "truthing" can be verbs

Silent Night's 1818 introductory homily imagined

Songs from the 1890's remembered

Songs from the 1960's learned late:  "Soul Man," "Angel of the Morning"

Sonnet: "Exasperating Janet," to a "truant" fellow student

"Splicing" as a synonym for marrying

Synthetic A's in the concert hall

The dying of the light

THISISASEASYASONETWOTHREE

Understanding opera (i.e., the words)

"Update the poor Image, before it gets grumpy!"

Versions of literary works, including Shakespeare

Yacht dispatched!  (Does that rhyme?)

 

FROM 1964:

Far sweeter than the wailing of this age,
Discordant noise to which we twist and rock,
Rings forth old music from the yellowed page:
The songs of Schubert and the fugues of Bach.