A Farrago Of Sentiments

Can't find my way around this house

The rooms are continually rearranged

Every morning I wake with the sun

More and more I feel further estranged


A copy of the floor plans, I copped

All the lines on the print were blue

So I keep playing this blind man's bluff

While I continue to wear two left shoes.


The animals rely on instinctive intellect

To perform their duties in this world

While I must subscribe to hit and miss

In order to have my role unfurled


Climbing trees with red herrings as leaves

Entering caves of suspicion with a strobe

Sailing questioning seas with concentric currents

Searching for home on an anamorphic globe.


The books I've read, poems I wrote

All in the name of defining the ego

If they were to tell me what and why

Their messages have all gone incognito


Looked to the sky and wondered why

The answers couldn't pour down as rain

No use in asking assorted gods for help

I don't want to know Andromeda's strain.


Still I sit within a room of open doors

Each one as jet-black dark as the next

Besides them all is a book of directions

It's written in Confidence-- I can't read the text


Slowly spinning, deciding which way to ad-lib

Any step I attempt might well be my last

So, I recommend to myself to do nothing

Keep hidden, wait for this moment to pass.


Haven't found my place in the working-class

Would never let some job define me

Maybe it's because I retreated from them

Before responsibility set sight upon me


Pink-slips or conflicts were never a problem

Unless you count the ones from within

Always looked over my shoulder for eyes

People make so many judgements with them.


Is satisfaction truly within the grasp

Of those seeking this holiest grail

Some will have reached its golden rim

While most will fall short of failure


For me, satisfaction will never exist

So, maybe I'll get the next best thing

Go out and claim the ceiling and floor

That finding some meaning will bring. 

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Midnight, Star

Saxophone plays a sultry tune,

Two lovers make images in the moon,

Autos trace lines of the highway

As I stand alone in the gateway....


All is peaceful and serene

Upon this lonely stage,

I'm afraid to get down

To upset this proud heritage....


You, midnight, have graced my skyline

With a blanket of cool ebony,

Made with the finest blends of silk

Only worthy of one with your celebrity.

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The Red and Blue

Spoken words of wisdom

The Sermon On The Mount

Took a vicious right cross

Now it's down for the count


Morality now wears

A bloody crown of thorns

While the red wave riders

Unveil their hungry horns


The new order emerges

Through sulfur, flames and bile

One face grins acceptance

Other feigns denial


Agents of hate and scorn

Evangelical glee

The Sermon On The Mount

Means not a thing to thee


Quote the Bible daily

Justify the Crusade

See the bodies of Love

On pikes in a parade


Snowflakes descend silent

But moments to decide

If the red wave riders

Will rule the countryside


One voice can turn the tide

Best time to sing the blues

Sing loud in harmony

Time has come to change hues


07-02-18

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Hugs

She hugs me, friendly

In my arms, the universe

For a moment, mine.


06-16-18

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The Great Divide

The Great Divide

In what truth do you abide

Along the Great Divide?

They're different everyday


Which color are you beside

On the Great Divide?

Each has a shade of gray


How many laughed or cried

At the Great Divide?

Can't keep either at bay


How many have been denied

Escaping the Great Divide?

Count how many still stay


Is there a map or a guide

Through the Great Divide?

Some will lead you astray


How many staffers have lied

During the Great Divide?

Their buts clog the ashtray


Who's felt shame or pride

For the Great Divide?

It depends on the day


Who is the Jekyll and Hyde

In this Great Divide?

All faces on display


Which wave should one ride

Upon the Great Divide?

The one above the fray


Who will take the big stride

Across the Great Divide?

One without feet of clay


How many leaders have tried

Changing the Great Divide?

None—afraid to lose pay


Anyone measure how wide

Is this, our Great Divide?

Well, this I will say...


The Great Divide can cease

By opening our minds and hearts

Maybe, then, we will realize

As people, we're not that far apart—


Some are trying hard to

Make us fear our differences

And to be sure we will

Forget our similarities.

06-23-18 

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Books, Poetry, Jazz. . . here's the links

If you'd like to read my latest jazz reviews on ALL ABOUT JAZZ.com or purchase books or listen to my Tuesday night Jazz program on W00C 105.3 FM, here's a few links for you.

ALL ABOUT JAZZ.com reviews: https://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/contributor_articles.php?id=142766

Tuesday Night Jazz Sanctuary, 7-10pm: www.mediasanctuary.org

BLUE FAN WHIRRING, latest collection of haiku from Nirala Publications:  http://niralapublications.com/new-booksarrivals/blue-fan-whirring-poems-by-mike-jurkovic/

SMITTEN BY HARPIES, first full collection of poems: https://www.amazon.com/Smitten-Harpies-Mr-Mike-Jurkovic/dp/1530404843/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526748584&sr=1-3&keywords=mike+jurkovic&dpID=51Y-J12wCYL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

SHINY BANJO CATFISH, first collection of haiku & short poems: https://www.amazon.com/Shiny-Banjo-Catfish-Mike-Jurkovic/dp/1535163968/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526748770&sr=1-2&dpID=51djc6wlUvL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

Eve's Venom, chapbook from Post Traumatic Press: 
https://www.posttraumaticpress.com/titles/eves-venom

A selection of my features for the Van Wyck Gazette
               NubGrafix                                                   p12          https://www.vanwyckgazette.com/spring-issue-2018?tag=Nub
               Maverick Concert Series                          p12          https://issuu.com/josephcaplan/docs/vwg-spring-2017
               Roost Studios                                            p12          https://issuu.com/josephcaplan/docs/vwg-summer2017
               Hudson River Maritime Museum          p12         https://issuu.com/josephcaplan/docs/vwgspring2016
               Down in the Grooves                              p12          https://issuu.com/josephcaplan/docs/vwg-summer-2016
               Talkin w/David Amram                           p12          https://issuu.com/josephcaplan/docs/vwgfall2015
               Talkin w/Graham Nash                           p12          https://issuu.com/josephcaplan/docs/vwgwinter2015
               On the Trail w/The Jolly Rovers.            p4            https://issuu.com/josephcaplan/docs/van_wyck_gazette_winter_issue_2016_







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Albany Poets presents: The Downstate Poets: Greg Correll, Mike Jurkovic, and

Albany Poets Presents:

The Downstate Poets of New York

Roberta Gould

Mike Jurkovic w/ Nick Bisanz guitar

Leigh Harrison w/ Bobby Perfect guitar

Greg Correll

Where? At the Hudson River Coffee House,

227 Quail Street, between Madison and Western

(on the corner of Quail and Hudson Streets)

When? Thursday, May 31st @ 7pm

Open Mic will follow. 

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Blue Fan Whirring Now Available

My newest collection of haiku, Blue Fan Whirring, is now available through Nirala Publications and Amazon. Here are the links and the wonderful forward from Irene O'Garden.

http://niralapublications.com/new-booksarrivals/blue-fan-whirring-poems-by-mike-jurkovic/

https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Fan-Whirring-Mike-Jurkovic/dp/8182500966/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526291194&sr=8-1&keywords=mike+jurkovic


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All Together Now!

So while I'm sitting here at the dj desk at the Sanctuary for Independent Media spinning jazz on WOOC. 105.3 FM (www.mediasanctuary.org) I would like to remind all our members to please, use the site to post your readings, recent publications, thoughts and ideas on how CAPS can make the world a better place. Post one of your poems and open a forum for discussion and critique. Start a dialogue with fellow members and poets. www.callingallpoets,net is here for all of us to benefit from. All Together Now.

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Jazz Sanctuary WOOC FM 105.3 Troy, NY

While I'm waiting for the new book, Blue Fan Whirring, from Nirala Press (www.niralapress.com) to come in, please join me every Tuesday and some Thursdays for 3 hours of jazz old and new 7-10pm www.mediasanctuary.org 

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