Kurt Vonnegut and a Song

I’m currently reading a collection of short stories by one of my favorite authors, Kurt Vonnegut, so thought I’d post something I wrote earlier last year.

Kurt often recalls lovingly his Uncle Alex, so this poem and song are for Uncle Alex and his elegant world-view.

To Kurt’s Uncle Alex

A glass of beer in the afternoon.
Sitting in the shade of a wide old tree*

Taking in the music
And the hum that’s in the air.

There are some noises: a rooster in the distance,
A car horn, the birds chirping to one other in the trees,
The sound of the dog’s paws as he ambles across the porch.

As Uncle Alex would say,

“If this isn’t nice, what is?”

To Kurt’s Uncle Alex, a “hat’s off”
A bow, a polite bow.
In thanks.
In gratitude.
What more can we do, Alex
As we move on?

Thank you Alex
And regards and all the best to your nephew Kurt


*A paraphrase from Up a Lazy River, by Hoagie Carmichael – also a native of Kurt’s home state of Indiana.

23 thoughts on “Kurt Vonnegut and a Song

  1. Vonnegut wrote so simply that the connections are easy with his words.. Loved this post and I love front porches!!

    1. I come from the Bronx and we didn’t have porches, but everyone was out on the street, on the benches, on the stoops. We enjoyed what we had – which still a good way to go.

      1. Some peek over the fence at their neighbors once in a while. 🙂

        Probably to tell the dog to shut up. 😦

        I really am fortunate where I live. Beautiful neighbors and friendly deer.

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