Erling Okkenhaug © : "LOOSE GENES"

( From a book released in 1987 / drawings by Knut Anders Løken © - Translation by Ruth Johnson )

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    X) Stars

    Some rotates

    and some stand still

    most of all

    it's me that's clear

     

    Daisy

    The dress matches

    but I shan't

    fall in love anyway

     

    Playground 1965

    Sweet little one-way tickets

    delivered by girlfriends

     

    Mountain Crag

    Silent grass...

    Twisted pine

    And white paint spots

     

    Tango

    How many can relax when they dance,

    without to perform

     

    Psychiatrist

    I could have become a millionaire

    on own-risk clauses

     

    Impress

    You in the yellow

    Cindy Lauper skirt

    with black Pepita waves

    would you like to see the family tree

    of one of my friends?

     

    I had to paint abstracts as piece-work

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    X) Hunting news

    "We are the world"

    has become the smooching number

    on the dance floor

    there are people dying

     

    All Right

    Japanese women

    in western design

     

    Casanova

    He had a perfect ear

    for women

    He held forth

    for hours on

    the most erogenous zones

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    X) Hypocrites

    It's clever to use Jesus

    as a reference

    for one's own perfection

     

    Salmon

    The girls assess

    each others

     

    Cowes

    Thin points of boats

    with all Ascot's horses

    and daddy's credit card

    at the wheel

     

    Berry Picking LTD

    It's a high price to pay

    when you set yourself

    goals you can rech all the time

     

    If you don't get this

    your tried

     

    Disco

    Bye, bye love

    and everyone danced

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    x) Self-centered

    Out of your own navel

    from 0-100 in 4.8 seconds

     

    Graded

    Not placed nice and tidily

    in the ash-tray with the others

    but thrown in the dirt with others

    and trodden on

     

    180

    Top speed

    in to/out of

    the authorities files

     

    Spotlights

    Like mixmasters on bare boards

    only disinherited bacilli...

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    X)Author

    Manus depressive

     

    Gooseberry

    Is there an opening here

    to be sad?

     

    Eating crackling on christmas eve

    Like putting your fingers flat on

    the floor when doing th conga

     

    Bridegroom

    The forth time

    the wedding cake

    doesn't taste so bad

     

    Wimbledon

    Everyone participates free

    syntetic

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    X) The poor

    Those who fight their way into society

     

    Steam

    A dream of

    an awakening

     

    Attention

    At the end of the worD

     

    Bereaved

    But Nelson disappeared

    with his family tree

    and picktures of his grandchildren

    a sudden farewell

    never mind

    same boat

     

    Hope

    Summer light

    is better for the ground

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    Bachelor

    X) There are so many unattached genes

     

    Theatre

    The smallest common ultimatum

     

    Real Fruits

    I had to shake hands

    to be friends

    took hold of the poker

    and looked down

     

    Isme

    She: What star sign are you

    He: Actually, I collect stamps

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    X) Mousetrap

    Men often get married

    out of bad concience

     

    Minor key

    Suddenly the mothers had

    daughters

     

    Kremlin

    Lead-free conduct

    Where women must give way

    careful gearing over to

    nothing

     

    Business

    Interested

    uninterested

    single file

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    X) Hysterical Museum

    There were so few boys there

    that the girls sat near the hater

     

    God

    Beware of those who change their

    money in the collecting plate

     

    Snipe

    The mother of the Spanish dwarf

    had a double reason to be

    mother

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    X) Jacobs moral

    Do wasps know it hurts

    when they sting?

     

    The Star

    A fly on the wall of his own life

     

    Make up

    His stomach was so big and heavy

    that it

    pulled out all

    the wrinkles in his face

     

    Patchwork crescendo

    First Tom went with Brenda

    Then Dick with Jenny

    And me with the rubbish.

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    X) Greater London County Council

    Radicals on safe ground

     

    Globe

    The photographer went to east Europe

    to learn all

    tones of grey

     

    Creative Forum

    Fighter pilots over

    no-man's land

    between pure and impure ideas

     

    Stephanie, Brighton

    The lights rotate

    faster than

    the hearts

     

    Norwegian soap opera

    In that house, the icicles hung

    on the inside of the windows

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    X) View

    There are plenty of chances here

    if you're in the mood for women

     

    Over Poland

    The children play

    in the aisle on the plane

    the adults smile

    at each others

    apologetically

     

    Cheque

    No cover

    go under cover

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    X) Dropped dead in the street

    Spectators like frightened antilopes

    at a kill in the savanna

     

    Book title

    Questions I would never

    ask myself

     

    Belief

    Your credo -

    your ego

     

    Seminar

    I reached out for

    a drink

    and the nice ones

    who smiled

     

    Womens liberation

    Shoulderpads

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    X) Wings

    Making for home

    the lads flash

    their motor cycles

    at night instead

     

    Pomp

    I move slowly

    towards my own heart

     

    Modesty

    You should not think

    your worth something

    said someone

    but it isn't far

    to the rubbish bin either

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    X) Moderation trend

    As if it was the last thing we

    should do

     

    Quality

    If it had been so important to listen

    people would have had something

    to say

     

    Alter naiv

    For my part, I have said

    some good prayers

    lately

     

    Rupert Murdoch

    Hundred pound notes

    are pretty enough

     

    Those of us who are a bit scared

    take care of what hasn't been done

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    X) Tie

    God created us in his image

    and we return the compliment

     

    Glossary

    Simplicity's regatta

     

    Camp for the handicapped

    You throw boules

    into a milieu

     

    Engaged Tone

    Can't promise to be

    available any time

    as I haven't really

    made the most of

    any time in the past

     

    Contradictory

    Poor you, - you preach

    what you never dared practise

    of others' enthusiasms

     

    Muffins

    3 Muffins with

    my coffee

    suspicious little cakes

    at 10p each

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    X)Ascetism

    Try not to be tempted

    to fall into the

    all to pleasant whirlpool

     

    World Champion

    Clap while you

    drink a toast

    and you spill

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    X) Comfort

    There's nothing wrong

    with being rustic if you come from

    the biggest farm in the district

     

    Norwegian samaritan

    To the dying on the pavement:

    It's my knees...

     

    The angel

    in the church

    the font is

    not really very aerodynamic

     

    Bar

    Cocktail cherries

    for artificial fertilization

     

    Bluff

    Have you heard the bear

    say brrm brrm?

     

    The virgin Mary

    She was a candelabra

    of a person

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    X) Business letter

    Do you write "dear"...

     

    Friday

    Kissing an intelligent girl

    is hell

    when she starts analysing

    your tongue

     

    Love

    Diasappears when defined

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    X) My situation ith tho thpeyial

     

    Circus ring

    The canary shuts its eye

    when strait-laced wife goes by

    the sun shines on white man

     

    Paris

    French notepads

    eat up ideas

     

    Embarrassed

    The ski-instructor brushes

    even my thighs

    when he pats hers

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    X) Spring

    Must pay for each end every

    exhilarating

    hysterical joyful

    exciting positive

    and trembling

    happy moment

    with a down

     

    Needle's eye

    Man's greatest scourge

    is the path of resistance

     

    Rejection

    So many

    simple solutions

    and you don't even

    ask to be held

     

    Threshold

    Beginning after

    brushing your teeth and emptying the rubbish

    and cleaning the grey 60 watt bulb

     

    Burst

    They came together

    through the hair

    and permitted each other

    everything

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    X) Dinner

    The world does not need sensation

    but love and the Sun

     

    Deduction

    Thought business

    would be my saving

    but then I got a sniff

    of the old days

     

    Maternity ward

    All babies are the spitting image

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    X) Over 35

    Either gently downhill

    or hairpin bends

     

    Peppermint

    I pat your sholder

    a gentle goodnight

    I carefully

    pat a warm

    embrace

     

    Schooldays

    Teachers out for a duck

    a look like litmus paper

     

    Hairdresser

    Thirty degrees glance upwards

    big words from

    small shadows

    kind smile

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    X) Money and the church

    Over directors carpets

    barefoot in sand-dunes

    going cap in hand to the bank

    or stealing after the beauty

     

    Morning

    I am 360 degrees open

     

    Birthday

    The table for the presents

    shouted break-even

     

    God

    I've lost the dialling tone

     

    Advertising

    Mammon with a smile

     

    Soda water

    All the answers

    Slipped away

    in an attempt

    to be pleasant

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    X) Men build upwards with lego

    women across

     

    Alone

    By a little

    knot-hole

    in the panelling

    you and I

     

    Senses

    We sit here inspired

    by a high standard

    walled in in bad planning

     

    Gnaw

    The house I live in is a silo

    and I am the harvest of 1951

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    X) The locks

    It's som immoral that

    the underground goes on rails in the air

     

    Vaccination nerves

    Not to be difficult, but

    - James Brown and

    Blackpool Tower

     

    Luck

    Just as hereditary as sterility

     

    Pair of aces

    Girls sleep

    boys weep

     

    Excuse

    One of the stripes on your sweather

    could have been more beige

     

    Stern magazine

    327 megawatts of nuclear power

    in Niederrhein

    and Grac Jones's decollectage

    brought together

    in new fusion

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    X) He who marries a dowry

    ends up in powerty

     

    Robinsonade

    The word is reality's undertone

    the picture is without colour

     

    Waterproof

    You are so deep

    she said

    and I swam strongly

    upwards

    towards Vera Lynn

     

    All your life is important

    for the rest of your life

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    X) The operasingers prayer

    Oh Christ in top C

     

    Sandpaper

    Fiendish small grains

    billions of pieces

    broken off from Greek mountains

     

    Art is no joke

    The good lord would

    have understood me

    shaken His head and said:

    One day you will learn

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    X) Architekt

    Intention

    Does not necessarily become

    function

     

    Chestnut

    No-one notices how

    anxiety....

    chases trams up the street

     

    Open air pool

    At the deep end

    12-year-old in flight

    towards a reverse-image sky

     

    Suburban apartment

    On the stairs with

    the mail-order cataloge

    and the neighbour's smile

     

    Desperate modern

    So hungry for experiences

    that we are only capable

    of satisfying ourselves

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    X) Ronnie Scott's

    Controlled cool

    the point of the joint

     

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