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Frank Sisco reading his poem "Tool Parts Chest" at Nyack Public Library (for the Poetry Caravan) on 1/16/05. The poem is about how he used the process of sorting tool parts into a chest as a way to try to organize his life and control the situation of his grandmother whose health was declining rapidly. Copyright 2005 Frank Sisco. All rights reserved.

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  • C. Videoclips and text of poems:
  • 1. Poem - "Tool Parts Chest"
  • Video of Frank Sisco reading his poem
  • Video taken by Kelly Sisco at Nyack Public Library on1/16/2005. Copyright 2005 Frank Sisco
  • Text of poem
  • Seeing my grandmother, Nonnie, like that.

  • The rush of scenes up and down the years,

  • makes me dizzy.
  • After seeing her,

  • bought the chest for twelve ninety eight

  • at Home Depot tonight

  • Two bread boxes big.
  • Black metal sides, rectangular shape

  • holding forty

  • neat clear plastic drawers,

  • deep with stops to let them lay angled

  • when opened.
  • Pull drawers out, put in nails,

  • screws, nuts, and stuff

  • sorted by type and size

  • so my wife and I

  • can get to them more easily

  • saving time when they are needed.
  • Two and a half hours tonight

  • sorting out the mess accumulated

  • Pouring boxes of mixed mess onto cardboard.
  • Picking out small metal things,

  • gathering them in my palm,

  • then putting them into their drawers,

  • designated by me with

  • post-it strips on which I

  • hand-print headings.

  • Finishing nails - small, finishing nails - long,

  • wood screws - countersunk, wood screws - round head,

  • machine screws - small, machine screws - large,

  • nuts, bolts, nuts and bolts,

  • washers,

  • on and on,

  • Sorting, labeling, putting.
  • Mom's been caring for her big-time

  • Dad's depressed by her dementia

  • which grows over the monitor

  • in the living room

  • picking up her voice on the other

  • side of the wall.
  • Finished. Organized. Done.

  • Too bad too late.

  • Few times I do handyman tasks now.
  • Will try to see her tomorrow morning.

  • She didn't remember me yesterday

  • twenty minutes after I left.
  • Should have spent more mornings

  • with her before she lost so much

  • of her mind.

  • Should have had more mornings

  • of coffee and home fries,

  • listening to her stories,

  • hearing her sing old songs

  • she handwrote on

  • the wide-ruled white pages of the

  • black-marbled composition book holding

  • her past.

  • Sing them to me Nonnie,

  • I'm ready now.

  • I'm listening now.
  • Author copes with the declining health of his grandmother and the related emotional upheaval by sorting out screws, nails and assorted mess and placing items into an organized tool parts chest
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  • 2. Poem - "Happy on His Shoulder"
  • Video of Frank Sisco reading his poem
  • Video taken by Kelly Sisco at Greenburgh Town Hall on 3/13/2005. Copyright 2005 Frank Sisco
  • Text of poem - "Happy On His Shoulder"
  • At that brown formica dining room table

  • There he was

  • my Grandpa in his fifties
  • Sitting at the head

  • Telling us stories

  • We the grandchildren, children, sisters

  • and brothers and their offspring.
  • Grandpa was happy to hold court

  • in his house with

  • his family

  • and his family was happy to listen

  • and share the togetherness.
  • No matter the content

  • each story was an eye-opener

  • and told a tale with a twist

  • and often a moral,

  • a lesson on living life.
  • Perched on his left shoulder.

  • the parakeet named Happy

  • listened to Grandpa's every word.
  • Every few minutes

  • Grandpa sliced a piece from

  • a red apple

  • and without looking

  • handed it to Happy

  • who cheerfully pecked at it

  • glad to be with us

  • the human family

  • who all were enraptured,

  • loving Grandpa,

  • listening,

  • eager for the next morsel.
  • Note: Granpa was born 2/26/1900 and died 1/25/1958
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  • 3. Poem - "So Mad At Me"

  • 3a - Videoclip of poem - "So Mad at Me" Copyright 2005 Frank Sisco. Read at The Cross Cultural Poetry Event at the Russian Samovar in NYC on 9/11/05 hosted by Cross-Cultural Communications (Stanley Barkan), celebrating its 35th anniversary.

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  • 3b - Videoclip of poem - "So Mad At Me"
  • Copyright 2005 Frank Sisco. Read at Manhattanville College for the Poetry Caravan

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  • Text of poem - "So Mad at Me" Copyright 2005 Frank Sisco

  • You out there who are terrorists

  • or sympathizers,

  • May these words float into your ears.
  • So what's got you so mad at me?

  • My love of music?

  • of wine and women

  • of spoken poetry?

  • Or do you hate my work obsession

  • or my love of life

  • my many possessions
  • So what's got you mad at me.

  • My love of Yahweh or Jesus?

  • of rights and freedom

  • of birds and sky and trees?

  • Or do you hate my intuition

  • or my love of people

  • in nearly any situation.
  • Why mad at me

  • I didn't steal the oil

  • I didn't kill your brother

  • I even empathize if you never got

  • a chance to know your mother

  • It's not with me

  • your fight should be.
  • Listen.

  • Settle for the two towers

  • Make it even steven

  • It will be our penance

  • Meddle, we no longer will

  • You can have your deserts

  • just stop the menace

  • We'll leave you to your own kind

  • To wrestle each other's minds
  • Just give me back

  • deep night sleep

  • without a bite plate

  • to stop grinding my teeth

  • Let me awaken to a peaceful pretty day

  • like early morning on September 11

  • but without being triggered to remember

  • what that day turned into
  • Don't forget

  • whatever you do to me

  • you also do to you
  • So tell me, please

  • what's got you so mad at me?

  • 4. Poem - "Got To Do Something Major To Help"




  • Videoclip of poem - "Got To Do Something Major To Help" Copyright 2005 Frank Sisco. Read at The Cross Cultural Poetry Event at the Russian Samovar in NYC on 9/11/05 hosted by Cross-Cultural Communications (Stanley Barkan), celebrating its 35th anniversary.

  • Text of poem "Got To Do Something Major To Help"

  • You out there who are terrorists

  • or sympathizers,

  • May these words float into your ears.
  • So what's got you so mad at me?

  • My love of music?

  • of wine and women

  • of spoken poetry?

  • Or do you hate my work obsession

  • or my love of life

  • my many possessions
  • So what's got you mad at me.

  • My love of Yahweh or Jesus?

  • of rights and freedom

  • of birds and sky and trees?

  • Or do you hate my intuition

  • or my love of people

  • in nearly any situation.
  • Why mad at me

  • I didn't steal the oil

  • I didn't kill your brother

  • I even empathize if you never got

  • a chance to know your mother

  • It's not with me

  • your fight should be.
  • Listen.

  • Settle for the two towers

  • Make it even steven

  • It will be our penance

  • Meddle, we no longer will

  • You can have your deserts

  • just stop the menace

  • We'll leave you to your own kind

  • To wrestle each other's minds
  • Just give me back

  • deep night sleep

  • without a bite plate

  • to stop grinding my teeth

  • Let me awaken to a peaceful pretty day

  • like early morning on September 11

  • but without being triggered to remember

  • what that day turned into
  • Don't forget

  • whatever you do to me

  • you also do to you
  • So tell me, please

  • what's got you so mad at me?
  • 5. Poem - "Carousel Girl"
  • Videoclip of Frank Sisco reading "Carousel Girl"(lyrics to a song) Co-written by Matina Grammas (music) and Frank Sisco (lyrics). Copyright 2005 Matina Grammas and Frank Sisco

  • Text of "Carousel Girl" (Some words changed in the final production of the song)
  • Want to be your carousel girl

  • take you round in my dream world

  • Riding ponies up and down

  • People wave as we go roun

  • Could I be your carousel girl

  • Summer dress, hair in curls

  • As the ride ends, we step down

  • Then walk through crowds wearing our crowns
  • Refrain

  • The music, the clear night

  • the magic of moonlight

  • Ferris wheels, holding hands

  • it's all for free

  • Isn't life simply

  • a car-ous-el journey

  • Going round, up and down

  • Starting again

  • And over again

  • Let me be the carousel girl

  • Whispering to a mixed-up world

  • See how rich your life could be

  • in the simple and the free

  • Want this feeling through the world

  • we're all just boys, all just girls

  • Riding ponies up and down

  • Lifted spirits all around
  • Refrain

  • The music, the clear night

  • the magic of moonlight

  • Ferris wheels, holding hands

  • it's all for free

  • Isn't life simply

  • a car-ous-el journey

  • Going round, up and down

  • Starting again

  • And over again
  • Refrain

  • The music, the clear night

  • the magic of moonlight

  • Ferris wheels, holding hands

  • it's all for free

  • Isn't life simply

  • a car-ous-el journey

  • Going round, up and down

  • Starting again

  • And over again
  • Want to be your carousel girl.

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