Friends of the Janitor
A scrolling e-book
by Bill Krumholz
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A pairing of image and text.
A study in perceptual realism.
A conceptual riff. An internet trope.
A parlor game. A puzzle. A joke.
A poke at the real world.
Look Lena. Here are the instructions.
"Say hello to my little friends.
Look for their little faces.
Look for their dark little eyes.
Look for their tiny little mouths.
Maybe a nose, or mustache.
Find the face. Read the title.
Relate the two to a view.
Ya. OK then. I suppose.
So Lena . . . . why don't you go first.
Perception occurs as perspective pivots.
When pictures and words are united,
Image and text should dance
with idea, execution, and chance.
Humor is used to increase
the scope and breadth of each piece.
Change may result
from the smallest of movements.
Wordplay and I are kind of a thing.
Straining against a blocked metaphor.
Inserting facts and innuendo as needed.
Flush with pride over a job well done.
Go ahead. Take your time. Sit and think.
Like Zen for Lutherans.
Friends of The Janitor is
an eccentric cast of characters.
Jokers, misfits, loners, and losers.
Some played their parts seriously.
Others were just being silly.
Several craved greater exposure.
Even, their unbridled big break.
For one it was the dawn
of a joy-filled new life.
For many it was the end
of their short-lived careers.
A wellspring of thoughts
may flow from one source.
Multiple layers of meaning
can be drawn from
the same word, lead.
It leads a list of concerns
over the safety of our city
It taps into
Western movie lore,
and the American
For added measure,
You might raise a glass
to our lead character,
The Kitchen Sink.
Friends of The Janitor comments
on contemporary issues
such as terrorism, torture,
spousal abuse, domestic life,
cultural identity, vegetarianism,
race relations, religious fervor,
gods and demagogues, life, death,
the military, the government,
the aliens, the patriots,
the little folks,
and the American way.
Like metaphors gone wild.
Or some crazy,
So walk, don't run.
Watch where you step.
Fasten your seat belts.
Keep your arms all inside.
If my tongue isn't wagging
it'll be tucked in my cheek.
Enjoy the ride. - Bill K.