Thursday, March 5, 2009

Strange Catalogue

Bad things turning worse
Are like fast cars in winter
Filling boots with slush.

And jangling nerves are
Like the neighbor's car alarm
Calling all banshees.

Let confusion fade
Like storm clouds in the summer -
I have a green stone!

But is it "lucky"?
Can it be a real "touchstone"
With these quotations?

Quotations can mean
"I am being ironic"
Or, "This is a trick."

Meanwhile, Master "A"
(Quotation marks strike again!)
And/or DeLaurence

Suggests that you write,
Send money for this "touchstone"
And gold mylar case.

Send some more money
And get the supreme pleasure:
A strange catalogue.

10 comments:

Venom said...

Holy batman girl, you can really throw down a rhyme. You should rap it!

Bill said...

A strange catalogue sounds very tempting.

Tori Lennox said...

I wonder what other kinds of goodies you can find in the Strange Catalogue?

Ron Eklof said...

I appreciate your skill at haiku

Serenity stone
Get one for everybody
Master "A" says so

Lidian said...

Venom - That's not a bad idea! Let me see what I can come up with.

Bill - You have no idea how much I want to see this strange catalogue!

Tori - I really want to know...

Ron - Thank you, you are very good at haiku yourself :)

Sher said...

I visit every day and enjoy reading your take on some of these old ads! :0)

This one is great...and very strange, indeed. I would order that catalog just to see what's inside!

Have a great day!
Sher :0)

Relax Max said...

Taking that one step "beyond"**and telling you what a fine Japanese poet you are. You should have that bound in gold mylar. Some would say plastic, but the gullible 1960s crowd probably were fooled by the word "mylar."**

**Not really beyond. Not really mylar.

ettarose said...

These guys were the original scammers weren't they? I wonder how much money all these kinds of people made?

Lyn said...

Sometimes blogging is not a coincidense..found you while doing research on Vapo-Cresolene, have the original package, bought ages ago in Woodstock. So thank you for being terrific!
And yes to Ruth Rendell!!!

Lidian said...

Sher - Me too. I really want to know what's on offer in that strange catalogue!

Max - Well, thank you. What exactly am I binding in gold mylar? And how will I do this? mayb I'll just put it (whatever it might be, I guess my haiku) in a lovely gold mylar box.

ettarose - They were indeed; and there were so many of them!

Lyn - Vapo-Cresolene would probably have come in handy in Woodstock in '69...That is very cool that you have the original packaging! And yes, I second the yay for Ruth Rendell! :)