Friday, June 15, 2018

Oakland Babylon

in progress



 
 
 
Roll up
 the dark carnival that never ends
it just moves the police tape





 
 








 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 





 
 
 
 
 
June 2016

Friday, June 8, 2018

Sunday After Dinner Light







Felix!
 
Warm enough after dinner
to go out to go out
Noticing the world in greater detail
 
A repurposed mail sticker
with Felix prints
stuck on a long-abandoned
payphone booth
first thing I noticed



The tall grass of June
bugs snuggle concealed
from the breezy evening


 
Living in a bottle
a capacious liquor
supermarket

 
Golden light of evening
intimation of
the never-ending





Golden hours
go by once
once only


 
The moving grass
in the steady bay breeze
changing colors
changing places
 



 
California produce
our abundant land




 
I'm not a simpleton
though my life's a simple one
 

 
 
Union Machine
rippling in
filtered sunset light
 

 
I thought strangely
of an armpit image
in Un Chien Andalou
 
 
 
 
 

 
Walking by the estuary
I reinvigorate
 a great lazy cat
 
 
 
 
Conspicuous parking
for high rolling
money cars

 
I'm driving in my car now
I've got you under my wheels
 
I find that you can get away
with a lot in life
 

 
But eventually you hit a wall
 



Steer your course
don't capsize
glide on by
 
But by all means
spare others

 
I listen to the grass
I talk to the wind
 
 
 
 
3 Jun 2018
 
 
 
 

 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

San Francisco Bay on an Afternoon in June







 
Nautical endeavor
leads to the sweet dreams
and deep sleep of the just
 
Too long have I waited
for the cold Spring weather to abate
The visiting hoards are here
 
But I design a picnic outing
without a great deal of involvement
with San Francisco foot traffic
 
I hadn't been over
yet this year
We are here to go
so here goes
 
 

 
Leaving the Port of Oakland
for a jaunty day on the Bay
 
 
Is it my imagination


Or are the current crop
of container ships
looking less full these days


Can it be the new trade wars?


We need that plastic crap
synthetic clothes
from China

 
A sexy teenager has decided
to crash out during the crossing
Doesn't bother to pursue the view
But I do
 

 
Shipping activity
is picturesque today

 
You might think
being on San Francisco Bay
would be stimulating enough
to keep someone awake

 
That's treasure island
a man-made extension
of naturally occurring
Herba Buena
 
Yes, good herb
proved a prophetic name

 
The line between the North Bay
and the silicon South

 
Sky crossing
Bay crossings
an everyday fact

 
Noir city
Lonesome town
oh how they come and go
 

 
Expanse of water and sky
made expressionistic
by wind-blown clouds
 

 
Here comes an emergency boat
patrolling the San Francisco harbor
Things can go wrong out here
 

 
A poignant cloud
straight above
our beavering boat
 
 
 
Look who's here
to spoil the scenery
 
This nefarious monstrosity
spilling the bilge water
of the tourist industry
hereabouts



 Floating pleasure palace
giant screen on the deck
 Intrusive capitalist legacy
of Mayor Lee and his cronies
 
 
To hell with it




 
We want our Bay to stay wild



 
A moment spent
in the wildness
one's soul reignites



Can you dig that?
 
 
I thought you could
 
It's all still here
the thrill ain't gone
 
 
 
Into the docks and piers
of Fisherman's Wharf
Visit vessels and devour vittles
Le Musee Mechanique!
 
I'm staying only an hour and half
for tuna salad sandwiches
and ginger ale,
I had dessert before sailing
my Cannabis chocolate,
I spent the time out on the Bay
a maze of sight-seeing docks
 

 
Humans and harbor seals
not as different
as they think
Are we not
marine mammals?
 

 
This is Pier 39
claptrap tourist trap
keeps them somewhat contained
 

 
The sales-force tower obtrudes
horning into the Coit Tower sky,
San Francisco force-fed
top-heavy civilization

 
Across the bay
nestles legendary Sausalito
Once a groovy enclave
 enslaved today by income
and property
 
 

 
There's my little red wagon
willing itself forward
into the gate
 



 
Sea spray and chop



 
Easily forgotten promises
represented by padlocks,
A couple attached another one
as I observed
The male looked sheepish
 
 
There's the infernal cruise ship
way out of scale
spoiling the peace,
May an act of God
provide them with a lesson
in humility
 

 
A gull has built its nest
on a piling in the busy
bustling harbor
 
Time has come to lift off
my perch and take
to the Bay breeze
 


Off we shove
under evocative clouds
 
Scores of  birds
dive and feed across
the vast field of
 the Bay


 
Our excursion returns
under the Bay bridge
 
In a great swath of sunlight 
the big city grows small
 


Before anyone is too tired
we are back

 
A real sea change
has taken place
in set and in setting
 
 
 
 
Stop first at Alameda
it's compact landing
tucked next to Bay Ship
 
 
The density of the ship
displaces the seawater
that rolls and curves
like light around gravity

 

 
Bay Ship
 a reputation for masterful
ship rebuilding
 
 
 
Look who's had a face lift
 
 
The Balclutha
from the Hyde Street Pier
Looking wonderful,
old friend
 
Wish I could join them
when they sail it back over
the way I just came
 
 
 
 
 
5 May 2018