Thursday, February 28, 2013

Deep Field Observations

by G. Jack Urso  


my ashen eyes lack clarity

or the vision

to see beyond my years


self-aware in the center

of a universe of violence

and slow change


more than the stars or grains of sand

are the memories i dream of at night


as i slumber

to wake and wonder

at what i see

are they phantasms

. . . or a shadow reality?


inward we turn for revelations

calculating distant deep field observations 


Note: According to, the website of the Hubble Space Telescope, “Deep field observations are long-lasting observations of a particular region of the sky intended to reveal faint objects by collecting the light from them for an appropriately long time. The 'deeper' the observation is (i.e., longer exposure time), the fainter are the objects that become visible on the images.” Photo Credit Pham Minh Thanh, 2005. 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Edward Gorey’s Cats

by G. Jack Urso

Edward Gorey had six cats

they would watch when he stood

so they could sit where he sat


Edward Gorey lived alone

with six cats

in his home

what’s their names

i quite forget

they’re only cats

so what the heck


Edward Gorey’s felines

allowed him to lodge

in their cozy little cottage

on the coast of Cape Cod


for visitors preferring the species canis

Edward Gorey’s cats will pose

and lick their anus

their behavior at times

seems most shameless

they'll even pee on your copy

of Shakespeare's Coriolanus
[my apologies for such obscure wit, but Edward Gorey's cats are known to be quite literate] 

then one day Edward Gorey died

and, unlike humans, cats don’t cry

but they would look

where he once sat

then sit somewhere else

because they are cats


Edward Gorey had six cats

now he’s dead

and that’s that


These images of Edward Gorey and his cats and his drawing are the work of Gorey, the Edward Gorey House, and other unidentified individuals and are presented here on a non-monetized educational blog that accepts no advertising or remuneration. Any images presented here are for the purpose of supporting educational dialogue and therefore meets the definition of Fair Use as defined by U.S. Copyright Law.