Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oakland Outsider









Street surrealist
drive-by


The Berkeley Flaneur
evolves into another avatar
the Oakland Outsider

Viewed askance
by some natives
as a stranger
who gets stranger

1.
Wild bird attrition caused
by thoughtless
architecture










2.
Vehicular manslaughter





















3.
Children's Fairyland
Exposed







 Adults
accompanied by children only






A book or a screen is one thing,
But the ability to sit and ride on
 Alice in Wonderland characters
Now you're talking
 a kid's language







It's a strange enough place
a patch-work quilt
of a child's imaginings







Rabbit loiters
on his day off
Closed Monday









The live oaks
in their fantastic forms
amplify the fantasy here
like very few other
amusement parks









Little kids love it here--
no scares even on
Halloween









They changed old
Mother Hubbard
into a dark-skinned lady
Sort of courts the stereotype--
too many children


Slowly gradually
the wildfires are
being contained








As they say in
East London









Topiary dragon
still smoking







Smokey phantasms
camp followers
of the Northern wildfire





October 2017





Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Circling Berkeley: Drugstore Hellboy








The corny old spooks and scare
return again to the imagination
any escape from the smoke
and world entropy is well-received



Right across the lot
from the gourd-o-rama


An apothecary
with linoments and medicaments
and haunted sundries




The old-fashioned
American holiday
Actually started by the Irish
in Canada and New England



Gone 21st Century
International






From the carved turnips
of Samhain to a universally
 recognized symbol

We're archetypal now,
children



Disney is trying to
copyright the whole thing


And pass it on to Disney franchise
The Nightmare before Xmas

Bow-tie's are back


Stemware for the affluent
who resist growing old





Shaped pillow
dog toy sold separately





Many prefer
a gory old skull
rather on the huge side





There are skeletons hang
in some of the most
 prestigious closets


This benign fa├žade
has a ghastly secret
A bizarre tale too
serpentine to discuss here



The case of El Gateo
de Los Muertos



On a quiet street
near the Lake
where few people walk
on an October afternoon

No shortage of ghosts

or of human bones
YIKES
my favorite phrase
these days

A nation of hungry
skeletons


A lot of comfort dogs
among the remains

Trump trump trump
the alt-right rats are marching


Over the fields
and everywhere



Let's support
our awesome
fearless leader


Crash

The trope
of the vanquished
witch




Your outside is in
so come on







You never run out of bones
dig a little deeper


Curious what's
under the counter?







Rzzz


Careful out there
perhaps an infra-red
torch?









1 October 2017