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"Common Disaster"

Updated on March 5, 2015

What really happened?

Greetings Hubsters! Still up for a challenge? If so, then here it goes: Using the poem below, describe what REALLY happened for somebody knows somebody who REALLY knows what REALLY happened on that boat and how that girl made it home.


Small towns

Flying under the radar

Believing all along

It happens…

But not to them

No winners. No losers.

Just commoners with

Cameras on all their phones

Showing and telling grapevines

Red, White, and Dandelion

Grapes sour

Tales ferment

No time at all:

you might as well

stand on the dock

holding the fish

you just caught

wearing a Gilligan hat

holding a Budweiser

Air-brushed alibi

For all the world to see

IT had to be real

You sent IT from your phone.

Nothing to worry about

That girl is gone

You couldn’t just let her leave

After what happened

On your boat

Now that girl

Getting all kinds of traffic

Red-lighted and stopped

In middle of town

Nothing like a Merlot

To get folks talking

Eventually …

Everybody knows

Somebody who knows

What really happened

The night before

You stood on the dock

Wearing your Gilligan hat

Because that girl

Didn’t drown

She made it home

And so did her phone

Daddy is not going to look away

Somebody has bruised

His daughter

Somebody is going to pay

Media with monikers

Hang out with the locals

Buying one round after another

Because they know somebody

knows somebody

who knows what really happened

the night

that girl

did not die

somehow made it home

"Common Disaster" by Cowboy Junkies

To learn more about Cowboy Junkies, Check out this update from the February 2015 newsletter.

February 2015

Hi Everyone,

This months Under Cover offering, our free monthly download series, is now available through our Facebook page. Click on the link and follow the prompts, it's pretty straightforward, but if you have any problem getting the music you can contact us at and we'll guide you through the process. This month we are offering Cowboy Junkies version of Townes Van Zandt's Lungs and Skydiggers version of Mickey Newbury's classic Why You Been Gone So Long; two songs by two of the great singer-songwriters of the 1970s.

We have a fairly quiet month ahead....February is the time to hibernate up here in the North...but we have a couple of things going on....Margo and Mike will be participating in a truly unique salute to the music of Lou Reed at the end of the month. They will be performing Coney Island Baby and The Kids with the Art Of Time Ensemble on February 27th and 28th at the Enwave Theater in Toronto. For more information about the performance please check out the Art Of Time website. It should be an amazing night of music so if you are local please check it out.

We had a reprieve from the cold weather last weekend when we flew down to LA to help our good friend Enrique Martinez Celaya open up his new studio. It was great to see Enrique and to spend some time surrounded by some of his new work.

The new LeE HaRVEY OsMOND album (Beautiful Scars) has been mastered and delivered. We have a release date of April 7th and we'll be telling you a lot more about it in the days and months to come. You can follow the many adventures of Lee through his facebook page.

We'll be back in touch next month...stay safe, stay warm (if you are a Northerner)...bye for now.

All the best,
Margo, Mike, Pete and Al

© 2015 ocfireflies


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    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Glad to have stoked. Smiles. That is what I have been doing all day-stoking, but in the real sense of stoking the wood in a wood stove. -24° Will be over to the U.K. shortly.

      Wishing you warmth and mug of hot cocoa : )


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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Kim, only just saw this fascinating poem, as always, brilliantly written, thought provoking and yes, you've certainly fired the imagination. My best always.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Devika, Suzette and GRL,

      Ladies, Thank you so much for taking a look. Can't wait to see if someone tells me what happened...Smiles.



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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Super poem. This is a real brain teaser. At least the girl survived.

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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Kim: your poetry is just exquisite. I love this poem and the story you tell is fascinating in poetry form. I wish I was this creative. I too will have to give this challenge some thought and come up with something. Great challenge and writee!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome! I enjoyed reading this beautiful hub. Your great achievement shows truly.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank You Faith. You are the best.


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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I was looking to find where you had indicated that this is your 100th hub, but did not see it, and was just going by what Bill stated.

      Well, we will certainly look forward to your next hub too, the 100th hub!


    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Genna and Faith,

      Thanks so much. I can see why folks may think this is my 100, but I am still at 99.

      Wishing you both warmth and blessings--will be by your hub spaces soon,


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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Kim, thought-provoking and brilliant poem here and would make an interesting challenge too. Happy 100th hub and I do hope there will be many more 100s to come!

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Hugs and peace

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      Genna East 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oh, Kim! This great poem beckons the mind...seductive, taunting and downright thought provoking. I'm not sure I will have the time, but as Bill said, the story is poking, swirling, and jesting ideas that tease and collide. Congratulations on your 100th hub, my friend. :-)

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Noggins, possibilities, angels...

      I can't wait. Smiles.

      Kim a.k.a ocfireflies : )

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      Patricia Scott 

      4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Who knows??? Now my noggin' is swirling with so many possibilities. 100th hub. Good for you. Angels are on the way. Ps

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      If there ever has been a matador, it is you my friend. Smiles.


      Will be keeping you in my thoughts. Hoping all goes well.



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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Like Bill, Kim, time is not on my side! I have a handful of hubs I am trying to finish before I go under the knife you might say...ewwwww. But it is a great challenge and I will be happy to share it at least so more can see it! Will put a follow on you and come back to share other days too! ^+

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Kim, this is like waving a red flag in front of a bull. I just don't know if I have the time, but I love the poem and a story is already crashing around in my brain. Let me see if I can give it freedom in the next few days.

      Meanwhile, in advance, congratulations on your 100th Hub.

      Have a great weekend.



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