Monday, September 26, 2016

Two Trains on the Shoreline






 Oakland primates
round here





Two trains
two railroad tracks
one going
other one coming back
click clack click clack













Freight trains
take forever



 Down by the estuary





 lots of activity




 The Ferry comes and goes



 Sail and foot traffic
 on the water








 A sail boat passes by
without sails


 On its way 
to Fantasyland







 Keeping it real


 with castles in the clouds




 A great nation


 Who says it ain't?



 The blacks, the whites



 Room for the Mexicans too



 Oakland
know theyself





 Heading home



 Organic vegetable stand
too hot today at 
the Farmer's Market






 

 Tell me about it,
could write the screenplay:
I  Married a 
Transylvanian Yenta





 RAY 
carrying his parasol today


 Later 



 Hottest night of the year



 After nine I sat 
out on the corner
of Clay and Ninth,
coolness floated my way
in from the gate and the bay




Until the clock said
it was time for bed







September 2016




Thursday, September 22, 2016

Textiles of the Dead









That's 
Textiles of the Grateful Dead,
a singularity that first landed hereabouts
as the Warlocks from fifty years ago
left behind colorful glowing patterns

Children of the cultural revolution
gather still






A contemporary Dead chick
which is distinct from a hippie chick





If we travel by
tie-dye
dragonfly


 Hey, kid,
ever see a hippie chick?



 He's seen it before plenty




Mind travel encouraged



You can never
 be too far-out
hereabout






Psychedelic
skulls abound







Peace and noise




A succession of bands 
perform Dead classics
and jam




Step inside
the kaleidoscope


Tie-dyed garments


Appeal to a broad spectrum,
from preppy middle-of-the-roader
to advanced eccentric



Rocking a butch skirt
and letting his possibilities
dangle




Sensory candy,
Saturday afternoon
acid incense and balloons





When you are high
even multi-colored wool
can be captivating



Approaching 
the realm of Jerry






Fun for all ages
all walks of life




The bizarre bizare




Mandalas
road maps for the soul
a way of life


Elephantine memories
recaptured in repose



A beautiful day
among the rugs and rags,
It continued Sunday
in a heat spell




Skeleton 
festooned with roses,
The mystical kind
meet under this sign



With the one on the left
the mind supplies the colors



Homage to


SEVA
Humanitarian organization
Led by Wavy Gravy
who produces concerts
to pay for eye operations
in Nepal
etc




Mosaic elephant map
to the numinous graveyard
of ivory




Deadheads dig shiny rocks



Especially if they are shaped
like skulls




The three dominant 
Grateful Dead motifs:
Large round skull diagram
with various insignia;
Conga line of dancing bears;
Venerable Skull and Roses





Whatever your glad rags may be
Grab a hoop and get grooving


Tie-Dye Master



Shall we move into
to this exemplary bedouin tent
of dazzling hues?



Someone seems to be back there



Classical hippie chick
The tie-dye artist said he could get me one,
I said I had one already
 but you got to blow it up





No schlock
this cat's work was art






This Dead Fest returns
every year,
Your Flaneur takes you there




17 September 2016