Different Slants

Seeing the World from a New Angle

Surviving the Bad Times…by Robert M. Katzman

Filed under: Friendship & Compassion,Gritty Katzman Chicago Stories,Old Fart Wisdom — Bob at 12:42 pm on Thursday, April 10, 2014

© April 10, 2014


For my grandkids, and yours


Hard to know all this
When you’re a kid
I was a kid
I didn’t know enough
Didn’t have much choice
Bad times are thrust upon you
Not like choosing a college

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Time, Unmeasured,1969…by Robert M. Katzman

Filed under: Love and Romance,Politics,Retail Purgatory,subtle erotica — Bob at 5:28 pm on Monday, March 31, 2014

© March 31, 2014

It was a six foot by eight foot wooden box
I built it in Chicago
I was nineteen
From the heavy hinged door to the slanted roof
So the snow would fall off
A solitary window slid back and forth
The rain was defeated
The small structure was solid
And eventually I, too, was solid
Because one thing led to another

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Precision…by Robert M. Katzman, 3/16/2014

Filed under: Depression and Hope,Obsession — Bob at 12:45 pm on Sunday, March 16, 2014

All his lines are parallel
Boots side by side
Left on the left
Right on the right
There is a second pair
For more serious weather
Drifts of snow
That may never come
But he is ready
Which is important

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Meaning, Nothingness and How was Your Day?…by Robert M. Katzman

 © March 5, 2014  (inspired by David Griesemer)

I race to work
No one’s there
I don’t want to miss
Another chance
To be missed

This may seem
Contemplation of emptiness
During unending time
Has rearranged my

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Edited Love (for rejected writers)…by Robert M. Katzman

Filed under: Humor,My Own Personal Hell,Rage!,subtle erotica — Bob at 1:23 pm on Monday, February 24, 2014

© December 2009


Don’t make my kisses


Comma In your sentences

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Chicago South Side, 1959: Sunday Brunch Battlefield…by Robert M. Katzman

© February 16, 2014


Pots and pans flew

From my Mom toward my Dad

Grey metal whizzing through the air

Once a sharp ice tray shot by my small

Olive-toned nine-year-old face

Just missing me

Did she ever hit him?

He’d never say

Good thing she was a lousy shot

And he never returned fire

Our kitchen was No Mans Land

In 1959

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