Monday, March 2, 2015

Garden Centering




The Flaneur discovers another lobe
to the sprawling gardens at Lakeside Park.










 It was a Sunday afternoon at nearly two









 With my special effects goggles on,
 A hummingbird drinks a drop of water
Suspended in mid-air






 The world is ever wonderous





 Wonder what lies behind
Yon curtain of trumpet-vine?





 A sub-tropical region of the imagination







 Flowers of a different kind






 I smell sex and kandy, yeah





 Wrap your troubles up in dreams






 A guy was making watercolors of this flower
They were like designs for dull wallpaper
He squawked when my shadow crossed his easel





 The hour has come 
Bid the Garden Center adieu






The Flaneur will return again
To this newly discovered bench
And the good times that surround










22 February 2015


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Berkeley Today


Clouds really speak to me,
Yesterday they had a lot to say




 A little look around on a new month arriving hereabouts like a lamby lion.





 Known to get in your hair







 Ghost photo in the ice rink of the Overlook Hotel,






 The Gunman comes to town,
Thinning out the herd





The Elmwood Post Office under an unsettled sky









28 February-1 March 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

Berkeley Post Office Today: Open City


Time has moved on for Berkeley's Pioneers,
It ain't being fixed and it ain't coming back






Someone broke a front-door window,
happened quite a while ago,










 Repair work snagged by polemics







But out front, in the light of day
Our desecrated flag was still there,
Upside-down







27 February 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Continuous Berkeley in February



 Celebration of the ordinary


The only  February in the last 36 that I haven't lived in Berkeley or Oakland was February 1980 when I lived in San Francisco. However I was working five days a week in Berkeley that year commuting from the big city by bus.
Join the Flaneur on a walk down memory lane in West Berkeley.  Seen here in passing, a mild and rare day in the rarest of  all months, all these years hence.






1.
 West Berkeley Branch Library




Hadn't visited here in quite a number of years,
There was  recent extensive rebuilding







Enter another realm and read







Perception of the world is fungible






Cranial windows  let in the light





Transformed by the experience
You continue on






2.
Faces in the streets





Nevertheless what's killing you
is what you consume







Not dead in Berkeley,
Nosiree, Bob










Anytime you're in need of a jeweled turban
or what have you








This shit was invented here





.3,
Marina Escapade



The pier seems to go on forever,






Filtered light on the gargantuan sun dial,
Nice and deserted here today






Nothing does go on forever, of course,
Eons are but fleeting events
in geological time







The North Bay in time,
In all its timelessness




I have come to hang five in one of my beloved
Peaceful and  lonely hang spots





Or maybe to hang ten,
For all the snowbound everywhere






Woven into the fabric of sea and sky







These flowers run riot this time of year,
They remind me it's almost Saint Patrick's Day







Boats on the Bay
All call it a day






Here comes my bus,
Time to redial the sun dial











25 February 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February in Berkeley



 
(Boots of Spanish Leather)
Troubadour on St Valentine's Day





 The Flaneur observes his 36th February in Berkeley
while the land from whence he came
experiences arctic blizzard and blast, alas, alas






Let's see what's going on
 Starting way off in old Rockridge







The tale of the little lost shoe








UC Octet at the Newman center,
Giving it their college all,
 I regret ever calling them "whiffenpoofters"







A distinctive house on Benvenue







Primum mobile hanging in the lobby









China doll in the vitrine window










The old entrance lobby




Now an arts-and-crafts style reading room







The Shaivite family
They're the toast of ganja town









Pedestrians along MLK
Black is back in Berkeley, baby







February 2015