Friday, September 14, 2018

Short poems on a page

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
An ephemeral world
 
 
 
 
 
1.
 
from a slow window
Tamalpais glimpsed afar
there a spilt second
 
 
2.
 
clouds down lonely fourth
statin magenta hourglass
could it be enough
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
Notes of Woe
 
 
Old Oakland so quiet
tonight it hosts a riot
unlocked and loaded
parlous hip hop hiccup
full volume of alcohol
curvy broads in the parking lot
hipster let an oldster
pass in peace
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gone in the Morning
 
a tree fell on my bed
I slept on instead
now rain collects
in the dent it left
right side of my head
 
 
 
to extract blood from a stone
survive on perception alone
 
 
 
no one can save you
 from yourself
you just go on
and hope for the best
 
rather a farrago  than a drudge
 
 
those are all the wrong precepts
the right ones grow on trees
 
no one is there to meet you
when you arrive
at the end of the line
 
 
 
 
 
On BART train
to San Francisco
 
I have to hold on now
the girl in front of me
swept my hand with her hair
testing camel hair
 paintbrush #9
 
(slim tall attractive young
third generation Asian)
 
residual unconscious response
 
 
 
Hazy Forecast
 
particulate matter
past participles dangle
in the unswept sky
 
 
 
 
 
End of Summer
 
Vigil on the lawn
two hours too early
for the library at noon
 morning smoke out
as time passes
 
Ducks
 and their reflections
fly through the estuary
in perfect calm
 
splashdown
obliterates
the bifurcation
 
 
a breeze picks up
contrast patterns
appear on the surface
 
wide wingspan
one high-glider
turns slow circles
 
I see the atomic
level of perception
surround him in the sky
visible invisible
optical template
 
don't see him
when he disappears
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






 September 2018










 
refracted reality
















Saturday, September 8, 2018

Intermezzo: A Word from le Flaneur













Wonderful life goes on with me and not without me
Here to document the rupture in the culture
and find beauty in places mistaken for unsightly
The surrealism of every day life
 
I had to take a time out to recover
 from cyber-surgery
smart cables ran up my main arteries
 to rewire my golden heart
a miracle of technology one cannot deny
Since I have been going slow on the resumption
of my own cyber-activity
 
But as ever le Flaneur
still is seen everywhere
and eternally returns
Stay tuned for more sight and insights


Into the mystery
and back again
 
 
 
 
 
 
The vandals stole the Japan peace plaque




September 2018


 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Miscellaneous Scenes of Summer






 
 
RAY's stoned vacation
 

 
The roof of 
the Morcam Rose garden
 

 
 Black tea and lime juice
 

 
Here comes my ride

 
On the Oakland Ferry
 

 
New sports facility
on UC campus
empty while I go by

 
 
 

The Fitzgerald

 
 
Ancient Oakland café
now a hipster bar





 
White peach perfection
with O% Greek yoghurt
and honey




 
 
 
 
Summer 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, August 10, 2018

KoKo Nuggz (mail art)







 
KoKo Nuggz
 

 
 
Silence the Distraction
(B-side)

Thriller Matinee







 
The grand old
Grand Lake Theater
in elongated  afternoon
 
 
 
 

 
Came today misled
 by an erroneous ad in the newspaper
I was expecting to see
 2001, A Space Odyssey in 70 mm
That's next week they said
without admitting any mistake,
So I decided to stay for this
I'd seen the hair-raising trailer
and suspected it would be an escape
from my day-to-day concerns




 
Look who's here
another elephant
it's unredeemed garishness
excused by design
by school kids
 

 
Charming I'm sure
but I'm not here to see this
Never have particularly liked
ant Spike Lee joint
Infiltrate hate,
Spike is infamous for claiming
that Black people cannot be racist,
Wonder what he thinks about hate,
But then he lives on Martha's Vineyard
and I'm more or less
a white man in the disphoria
of Oakland
 
 

 
Into the heraldic
mystery chamber
for the moving picture
The Moorish Auditorium
so-named
 
Had to change seats twice
At show time a puerile
man mountain sat in front of me,
followed by a senile guy behind
who said oo-oh during fight scenes
then laughed like crazy
 
The film did its job
lots  and lots of very elaborate thrills
in sequences of a mainly analog variety,
People are killed regularly 
death framed without remorse,
Giant stretches of credulity
and of course super-abilities
just short of Marvel comics


 
Poor middle-aged Tom Cruise
has to fill the screen
Still doing a young man's job
 
 

 
I was as high
as the labyrinthine
patterns in a
ceiling of stars





 
After the film
I wandered over to the lake
with my lunch bag
 
Somewhat dismayed to see
it crowded with lodgings
In this case a fort constructed of
pissy old mattresses  
spray-painted with slogans
to pretend it's more of a protest
instead of just a make-shift shanty town,
This is what passes for governance
and humanitarianism
in a crap-cavity town,
This individual grabs a prime spot
at the head of the lake
then acts territorial and hostile
toward the public who try to use the park
 
White lady calls cops on black man
just for staking a claim
 in a public park





 
The landscape was
scary and desolate
enough as it was
 
 
 
 
 
Someone is scratching at the window
That's what the bars are for
 
 


 
Home home on the strange
where the prickly cactus flowers
flourish
 
 
 
 
 
9 August 2018
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Under Leo: Part Two, The Weighty World








 
Leo King of Cats
 



 
Do-it-yourself
painting gallery
for wine-imbibers
 


 
There's an Oakland A's
elephant mascot again
ubiquitous and frankly
a thoroughly uninspired idea



 
 
But this scene is rather fun
 
A festival called
Rock the Bike
only mildly trepidatious
 
 
Double-decker bike
in the shape of a tree
 





 
 
An agreeable dub step band
and Lord knows how
fussy I am
 
 
 
 Semi-circle of stationary bikes
as audience front row
 
 
 
People peddled away the whole time


I had walked a mile
and was a little too weary
to join the fray

 
But I joined Rock the Bike
reclining on the lawn


 
Met a cat man
bicycle stunt driver
 As charming as could be expected
under the circumstances
 

 
Better not let this guy
see him


 
Cat hunters from Oregon
for some reason
want to intimidate bystanders
 



 
Another mascot
this time sort of eye catching
outside Everett and Jones
infamous BBQ joint
 
 

 
Trees inspire sails
I'm on a solo voyage home
 
 

 
People around here
really respond to
The Rock
 
 
 
 
Birthday pasta with
Seattle-style smoked salmon
heirloom tomato and
dinosaur kale
 
 

 
Poignant
cartoon cloud
avant garde of
relentless marine influence




 
At nine o'clock
I ventured out after
sparkling cider
Optical art illusion
of a famous face
in a transient gallery
 
 
 
 
28 July 2018
 
 
 
4.
 
Terra Incognito
of everyday life
 
Rarely on foot hereabout
though I pass quite a lot
 
 
Sushi joint
colorful worn wainscoting
mirror window
 
 

 
Who would leave
a handmade bun bun
alone in a car in
this sketchy neighborhood
 

 
The weathered brick
of an exposed wall
the nitty gritty
 

 
By this point on the path
I don't get it anymore
immune to your
salutations and hustles
 
 

 
Here is where I am bound today
if I can just manage this last hill



6.
Cardio Surrealism

 
The heart
as objet d'art

 
The translucent heart
of RAY man
figuratively speaking
 

 
Crucial to remember
the heart is not
a toy
 
 
 

 
The afternoon
becomes incarnadine
 
 

 
As I go
clouds like a river
like a great highway,
the black shrouded construction,
Life and its doppelganger
 
 
 
 
 
5.
Stone fruit
of July
 
 
 
 
A white nectarine
 

 
At perfect readiness
 

 
It even has a prajna dot
indicating almost mystical
transcendence
 
 
6.
 
 
On my way toward
a lonesome echo
 
 
 
Ah Sunflower
 not yet weary of time
 

 

 
There is a honey bee pal
on this sunflower's lower lip
 

 
Lady slippers
not as delicate as they sound
Jet black bumble bee
buzzing all around
Slippers turn intrinsic
in my filtered perception
 

 
Here's come one now
our most vital fellow beings
the bees



This is a very familiar path
for young people
heading for high school


 
Bulldog plaque
the usual sort of belligerent
mascot symbol

 
Wonder if their fight song
is Hey Bulldog!
But really life is brief
why fight?
 
 

 
The haunted high school
in Summer break

 
Stately circular façade
Great movie set I would think
wonder if ever so used

 
Public High School
a great institution
even as it stands
 
In some disarray
 
 
High school facilities
are magnets for vandalism
the kids know a lot is wrong
but I shudder to think
what would replace it



 
Technically Oakland
Technical High
Deserted today

 



 
Doctor's office Dali
Big sleep stay thy hand
while I am unaware
dreaming in echolalia 
 
 
 
 
July-August 2018