Monday, July 02, 2007

The Emporer's New Clothes....

"Levi's are fine
with holes in their knees,

Faded old fannies
with no zipper keys.
When the Emperor got dressed
in the Emperor's new clothes...

He probably had on Levi's
and was wearing the holes....."

My daughter's favorite nursey rhyme.... Yeah, I wasn't exactly Mother Goose.....

My life story, told in blue....
I was wearing the peaknuckle pair when we went to The Tampa Fest and ended up on the 11:00 news, 16 and dancing in the broken water main.....
Gary Long's 501 blues when I hitchhiked to Peace Creek...
The no-name-brand with the silver belt and the rhinestone butterfly at the David Bowie concert....
His new pair the morning of the hurricane...
The ones I have on for the last three lives....
And then you wear them for years and years....
They're supposed to hang around. Until they're tattered and torn, with holes in the knees, until the legs fall off, too tired to keep going, until they accidently become cut-offs with holes in the rumps. Then you scribble on the pockets, patch the seams, trim the fringe from the bottoms....
until they disappear in the washing machine, nothing left but the tags.....

We're desperate. I'm down to one pair of "I can wear these out in public" cut-offs. And this is Florida. Skinny's still running around in a pair Kimbies bought in high school, held together with an embroidered guitar strap. She's wearing a ghost of threads.

So here's the deal, guys. Dig through your closets, empty your stash. If you've got jeans you're not wearing, send them south.
These girls gotta have cut-offs!

Singleton and Skinny
c/o Justgivemepeace
269 Market Place Boulevard
#115
Cartersville, GA 30121
We'll even trade ya. Painted beer bottle caps or something!





37 comments:

justacoolcat said...

From nursey rhyme to blue reasons this story had me capivated.
I'll check for orphaned closet jeans and I'll offer this haiku.

Old blues, send them south
Oceans of blue replace ghosts
The tide turns once again.

Scott from Oregon said...

Mine too, have all exploded...

I'd scout the thrift stores...

skinnylittleblonde said...

LoL....ILY Sister!
I also love those hand-me-down Levi's from Kim, with battery acid spills, guitar strap patches & busted ink pens in the pocket, evidence of all of us ... I do be hard pressed to find any better! :)
xoxox

eric313 said...

I have some jeans that if I were to send them, you would wonder where the heck I would be allowed to wear them. They're mostly empty space and white fringe. Not to mention, I'm skinny too, so they might just fit!
ha

I love this tale of love handed from friends to sisters and worn until eveything unravels, leaving only the love underneath. Your way with words is something I so envy, my friend.
clink!

eric313 said...

Hope your glass is never empty for very long, my friend

she who rises with the moon so high
she is the light
and she makes all the stars
to tell stories about when we were young
and knew no real reason for why
sometimes
her light can't be seen
but it can be felt
it's always there
it must be
magic

that flies

clink!

singleton said...

justacoolcat....you are the coolest cat I know! Awesome haiku...might find its way tatooed on the leg or the rump of a pair of blues.....

scott....I know. It happens. "Poof, and they are gone!" Thrift stores are the bomb, but this just seemed like more fun! We have lots of pairs with legs, but you can't sacrifice 'em to cut offs before their time, they'd haunt you, you know....

singleton said...

SLB.....those "yours truly" hand-me-downs were splashing their soul all over this post~ Got your grafittied message, girl no wonder you have blisters, wish I was there to help with the spray bombs! Lookin' good! ILYSVVFM

eric...
Nothing better than jeans with empty spaces....all the places we've been, the moments, the living....told there!

Clink! Rising with the moon tonight, days and nights forever upside down, backwards, inside out....waiting on the morning...
to just
"roll with it".....
peace~love~dancing in the lines

she said...

great read! -made me think immediately of my aunt tina (r.i.p.), when her luggage was lost by the airlines

had to fill in that blank on the form: estimated value of lost items

I HAD ONE PERFECT FITTING VERY FLATTERY WORN OUT PAIR OF JEANS IN THAT BAG! $10,000

***

can't turn down that invite for the blues either

**
happy 4th!

eric313 said...

So, Singlton, how many painted beercaps can I get for some very well loved and not gently used jeans? Or should I just send them on down so you can make art with them? Ha.

I hope your sister sun shines down on you and the rest of everyone who reads here. Have fun and wish me luck. I have to go to the Doctors office and have some blood drawn to run tests on. And not drawn from good places like arms.

Take care this holiday, Singleton. Yo and your readers and of course all the sisters. I'll write you later, I'm sure.

singleton said...

she....Bless her soul! And she was absolutely right, a good ole pair of jeans are priceless, they sit just right, walk just right, hang on your bones just right. They keep secrets better than anything. Tell stories in their sleep! Happy 4th sweetie! peace~love

Eric...Oh, I'm so wishing you luck, and....."don't watch", that's all I can say, "dont watch". I hope everything works out and whatever it is, something simple like vitamins or a cold beer, will make it all go away!

how many painted beer bottle caps? An oceanfull!
With maybe a few hand-me-down trinkets to stir up the sea!

peace~love~lemme know how things work out~

Diesel said...

You crazy.

Gawpo said...

What are you going to do with a 35 inch waist?

Trevor Record said...

I have exactly 3 pairs of jeans that I am not using that are yours if you want them. But what do you want to trade for them? I like books, if you have any that I might wanna read we can deal ;)

(These jeans are all 501's, which are the only kind I'll wear, size 32/32 I think)

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

I'd send you my old jeans, but they would be WAY too big for you, my thin friend!! LOL Enjoy the ones you have and the ones you get in the mail.

eric313 said...

It wasn't so bad. I had three tubes taken, and they were from the arm, thank god! The problem is a nasty intestinal one. It's really scary, actually. I still don't know what it is since it started only a month ago and I had to get insurance. Thanks for asking and caring so much.
Hope your night is a warm and wonderful one, my sweet friend.
P&L for all the wee hours.
clink

thethinker said...

I really liked this, especially "until the legs fall off, too tired to keep going".

Unfortunately, my mom makes me donate each pair as soon as I grow out of them. I have no spare pairs lying around anywhere.

singleton said...

diesel...yup.....

gawpo...well, we could make evening bags and skirts.....or trade them like the "one red paper clip" guy.....we could make it work, I'm sure of it, and you'd have a box of "quite collectible" beer bottle caps!

trevor....we're getting really close to perfect, so books it is! Now, this is "pass the trash" you understand, so you'll have to trust me on the titles! And i'm pretty sure they'll be close to perfect too!

singleton said...

katherine....LOL! well, beggers can't be choosey! peace, girl, I'm sure you wear them well....

Eric...so glad to get an update, you had me worried, man,....
Sorry your 4th was tainted like that, but so hoping they can figure it out and the fix is next in line. The night was good, celebrating and all that hoo-hah with Kimbies and her hubby~wishing Skinny was here to clink away the night! peace, love, and good news in the lab !

singleton said...

thethinker....your Mama is a wise woman, share the love.... pretty soon you won't grow out of 'em anymore and those ole legs will fall off, too tired to keep on going! BTW you are amazing....

drips of paint said...

help me to understand the post...
I have jeans, they are not 501, not Levi. small sz, do you want them? If yes, I'll try to find them.

Very interesting way of writing, difficult for me but I keep coming back even though not sure I understand.

singleton said...

drips....
perfect! I think you've got it just right! :)

eric313 said...

Thanks, sweetie. I hope everything with Kimbies goes perfectly. I know how much you all care. I was glad to have a doctor who was in on the fourth. I schedualed the apointment last week and they didn't have anything, like usuall, but they did have fifteen minutes on the fourth. Glad to take it.

Thank you so much for your kind concern, my poetic friend. I'm just glad to read your writing and speak the words with my mind.
Hope you had a great night. Talk to you more later.
Peace~love; the words are nothing compared to what they trully are.

drips of paint said...

Hi Eric

Hope you get well, and take good care...
-------------------
Singleton

noted...

greetings!

Trevor Record said...

Hmm, sounds good, ok email me at guarana_mc@hotmail.com and we can work this out. (Feels like open market bartering, eh?)

eric313 said...

Thanks, for the wishes and the words from heaven. I just posted up, so I hope to see your blue lady icon soon
peace, love and long flowing lines.

Butterfly effect touching everything with it brush...
the shade is in every word
the ripple changes everything,
so pick up the thread and hold on--
something beautiful this way comes

singleton said...

Eric....it is the bomb to party with Kimbies! She is so alive, so full of love, soul, spirit and she has truly been the snake charmer with this cancer crap....defying huge odds, if only for the now, bestowing great gifts on anyone, everyone she touches....

following the golden thread.....

Drips....we paint a different backdrop, see a different face, but we go there anyway....
Wishing you peace, my friend....
And lots and lots of blank canvas!

Trevor....OK, here it comes..... The "negotiation package" :)

Peace, love, and levis...

Gawpo said...

I'm ON it!

Bardouble29 said...

If I had extra jeans I would send them...But in fact I need to find some new ones too...

I wear mine till they waste away to threads blowing in the wind.

eric313 said...

clink! clink!
hope you have a great night.
thanks for everything

paddy said...

I don't know what I just read but I have suddenly a song in my head relevant or not: "I wish I wish I wish in vain. that we could sit simply in that room once again. ten thousand dollars at the drop of a head I give it all gladly if our lives could be like that"
Maybe I mentioned I went to see David Bowie in Helsinki Reality tour two hours of fantastic joy. My favourite track on the album was a song by George Harrison "Try Some, Buy Some" Great. Anyway.
Would you adopt me into your family. I promise I would not be any trouble. Ha!
Y;-) Paddy

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Now, how cool would that be?? Can I bear to part with my old levi's? (I'm kinda' skinny, they'd probably fit) - painted beer-caps sure do sound tempting..

singleton said...

gawpo!....:)

bardouble....I know, right! So do we of course and then, when you get new ones, you can't just cut them off! It wouldn't be the same, for only "old soul" jeans become cut-offs.....so ta-dah! begging for hand-me-downs!

eric... the clink that was heard 'round the world! hope you had a great night!

singleton said...

paddy....Ha! We were singing Diamond Dogs last night! Loudly! And without the help of Bowie to drown us out! And of course you'd be no problem, bring all your music or the lyrics in your head, your pastels (plenty of paper and recycled things to color on here) and your free spirit!

shrink....No, there will be no parting with old loves, this little trade is only for jeans that would otherwise be lonely and are longing for a new life! But I'll happily send you a few caps to tote around in your back pocket if you like!

Peace, love and levis

Orhan Kahn said...

I don't do jeans, sorry.

I'm what they call a 'westie' which implys I come from Western-Sydney (truth) and that I dress ghetto (also truth). But not ghetto-Americana, true Australian-trash-ghetto. Here is an example.

singleton said...

orhan...finally your smiling face again! I always get that nodding logo! Now, when you come to America, we'll get you in jeans....until then, clink! to Australian ghetto! Love it!

justacoolcat said...

Awww, flattery will get you everywhere.

singleton said...

suchacoolcat.....counting on it!