Tonight's Zelda's Inferno exercise: riffing off a phrase from Kurt Vonneygut, "If this isn't pleasant, I don't know what is." Mine sort of turned into a list poem, but I think it has some potential.
"...all times I have enjoyed / Greatly, have suffered greatly, both with those / That loved me, and alone..." -- Ulysses, Alfred Lord Tennyson
Once I sat with a friend on his back porch, drinking crazy ginsing liquor and smoking cigars and laughing late into the night.
Once I danced around a bonfire and handed out golden apples to women, saying to each, "For the prettiest one"
Once I drove home in the light of dawn after playing music at a party, playing all night, people coming into the room where I was to hear, the first time I drew an audience of strangers
Once I stood on the beach with my fellow karate-ka in a thunderstorm - and this was stupid - but we trained in the rain, punching and kicking and throwing each other to the sand, and shouting our kiai to challenge the thunder
Once I sat in a hammock in the woods and strummed my guitar, making up nonsense songs