Jake and Haystack Remastered

Jake and Haystack
These songs were written by David Michael Jackson at Artvilla. These two sites were started together in 1998. Motherbird was founded by Summer Breeze and Artvilla by David. This release is on the Artvilla.com label and has been remastered and we are proud of the result.

The Aroma of Lilac…A Poem | The Vietnam Effect | Jennifer Schoch

an aroma of lilacs

The Vietnam Effect
by Jennifer Schoch

The aroma of lilac drew me
away from my son
quiet as a crystal bowl in his stroller,
the early curious mosquitos almost kept us home.
Am I able to appreciate
this lilac,
her symmetrical perfection, without conjuring your pain?
I am fearful of this flower
I am panicked by her swift impermanence,
of my inability to hold her comforting fragrance
for those mostly marshmallowed mugs of hot chocolate days,
sequestered from the dirty New Jersey snow
where the radiators’ imbalance
from room to room
would make you yell when we opened the windows just a crack
“Goddamn waste of money!”
And the belts sang in their choir on the back of the closet door,
because the boys were fighting over remote controls again
And then, after my downward gaze had watched your darkness dissipate into the cracks
between the hardwood floors,
You would read me Shakespeare:
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
Is this
why I ran away?
To places where there are no seasons
to the endless
summer days,
where flowers never seem to die.
Your toes were stained with cigarette ash the last time I kissed you goodbye.
Did I
even kiss you?
You hadn’t showered for weeks
and I was scared.
Scared of your skin
scared of your scents
scared of my
The blue of your eyes was bright
against the rivers of bloodshot.
Mom says your eyes were green
It’s like she never knew you.

Sad and lonely, you asked me to stay
“Live here.”
You said.
“I hate LA.”
Like my brothers also bound to plastic liters?
They were small like my boy,
like you were once.
I am fearful in the face of this flower and her reminders.
Your grandson screams now like a broken dish
I wonder if you are there
silently crying
out into the black jungle for God to spare you
for your mother
for a future with mom
for a future with me
with a grandson you will never meet.
How could you have known this jungle
it would never leave?
Dying on the old hardwood floor in May
did you make it to the yard that Spring?
The worst death you died is not your final fall
it is the tree outside our window
cowering with dainty, dusty stars
you could not notice.
Did you glance outside that morning
and think to tell me of the lilacs that had bloomed?
Was your fall swift?
A small, unopened purple “bud of May”
gently shaken free?
The pain you healed, my father,
by noticing the lilacs
reading Shakespeare in Irish accents.
The unfolding damage it has caused,
in the tiniest creations
this unreconciled war from long ago.

Jennifer Schoch is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California where she received a master’s degree in Social Work. She is currently staying home with her young son while contributing as a writer for a book on social work and the arts. She has written, performed and directed for the screen and stage.

The Vietnam Effect Copyright 2021 by Jennifer Schoch. All Rights Reserved.

Originally published at Artvilla The Vietnam Effect Poem

This is a Blog and This is a Post Poem

This is a blog
and this is a post
and this is a poem about a post
stuck in the ground
without roots
to hold a wire
that sends this poem
to be a post
in this
Time is woven with words
about planets
and suns
and is stretched across this canvas with
paint made of light.
This post
this poem
this blog
like that temporary sun
in that temporary sky
and this explosion of a single
fire cracker
called the universe.

How to Grow Vegetables

how to grow common vegetables

And You and I | A Poem for Heroes


and you and I

we kicked Mussolini out

on his ass

on his fat rotten keister, mister!

We rose up one at a time and said that’s enough Buster Brown

Get outta town.

In one glorious moment we rose up

one at a time

and got in line.

Remember the heroes of that day,

you and me.


….david michael jackson



Ancient Kilns and Pottery History

Surely the kiln goes back to early man and the discovery of fire which enabled the invention of pottery. Early man use the hearth to warm the cave and cook his food. In this way he discovered the hardening of clay with heat. The invention of the kiln needed the invention of the bellows and someone clever enough to notice the effect of blowing on the fire. It wasn’t until the Neolithic age 10,000 years ago that the first known fired pottery objects were were created.

The first kilns were simply pits where objects were placed between layers of fire. Over the centuries installation was added and better ways to produce higher temperatures with the firebox below and of the with the flue damper in the top to control the temperature. Simply because he traveled up this was a way to produce more even temperatures and higher temperatures which eventually allowed glazes.

Stoneware and porcelains were perfected by Chinese Potters and their message spread to Japan and Korea.

The Six Ancient Kilns in Japan (?????)

Journey. One thousand years. The Six Ancient Kilns

Constructing Burn ancient mud brick kilns

Inside a 350 year-old Chinese 'Dragon Kiln'

Primitive Technology: Brick Firing Kiln

Ancient-style kiln ignited in China's porcelain capital

If you need a modern kiln check out these Kiln Reviews

Pottery Kiln Basics | For Beginners

The pottery kiln is one of the earliest inventions. Pottery shards have been found in the earliest gatherings of people. These days the pottery or ceramic kiln has brought the craft and art to thousands. People still use fire based kilns to produce work that is beautiful for the natural flaws that can create a beautiful finish. The modern kilns produce work that is more controlled and the art of the glaze and the potters hand is foremost. Six Ancient Kilns is the postwar description of ancient Japanese Pottery.

The Qianshu Kiln is over 350 years old and is one of China’s ancient “Dragon Kilns.” It’s located in Yixing, East China, and it dates back to the Ming dynasty. The kiln is made from soil and ceramic bricks……

Information on choosing a kiln

Tips for new kiln owners

Beginner intro to the Cone chart and Firing process (Very Basic)

Kiln Basics for the Beginner Potter

Buying your first Kiln (used or new)


POTTERY BASICS – Measuring Temperature using CONES!!


How to fire a kiln – Ceramics 101 – University of YouTube

Famous Ceramic Artists One of the artists on that ceramic list is Ed Shears at Artabys

Virus on the Brain Poem

I got virus on my hands
virus on my clothes
virus on my feet
virus on my toes

Did I touch that doorknob
did I get too close
I can’t touch my face
I can’t scratch my nose

Oh baby my baby
close the door and come in
we’ve been quarantined
by Covid nineteen.

Oh I went to the sink and put the virus on the handle as I turned on the water on the water with the virus on my hands. So I lathered up the hands and I lathered up the handle. I lathered up the doorknob and I
lathered up my n o s e. Oops.

I got virus on my hands
virus on my clothes
virus on my feet
virus on my toes

Oh it’s no use in runnin’
We can’t take the train
We’re all stuck at home
with virus on the brain.


david michael jackson