Monday, January 26, 2015

The Sea Inside (The Secret of the Sea Part IV, Chapter 4)

 



The Secret of the Sea





1.
The Visionary Approach



 The day that comprises this chapter
Appears to begin like most others,
With a circumscribed boat trip to maritime San Francisco
Yet today is more than an adventure,
It is a quest for an oceanic vision






Like a fish out of water
I have to cross a land bridge
Before I can grow fins 
and go back into the water again





Despite its vastness, at some point
The bay isn't large enough
To contain my soulfulness







I move out to the limits
A romantic table for one 
For my ritualistic picnic spot








Many have crossed it and many have sailed under it,
But not everyone has scurried underneath the bridge






A huge veritable bomber flew over several times, 
One of three bizarre displays of military might,
Two chinook helicopters cake-walked over the Wharf,
And macho fighter jets made a number of passes











In  the direction of the sea





The Marin Headlands
Metamorphic in the changing light,
The steel bridge almost wavers



Each soul like a lone ship,
Enters a mystery in the form of a journey





A longing that runs through all living things,
To return to a source in eternity









The sunset warps space










The earth and sea undulate
 and a are part of me








Poignant dusk out where nobody goes but me,








The Golden Gate gives way to the sea
An oceanic planet with islands and continents,
Most places on earth are out of sight of land








2.
The Bridge at Night



At night it's a different world,
An atmosphere of violet-pink mists 
added to a state of irreality





In the center of the image,
The gold band of lights at the Port of Oakland





This is as far as I'll go
The first pylon





Pedestrians aren't permitted on
The wilderness side of the bridge
A proscribed period is reserved for bicycles,
But they can't stop, if they do
A control voice will hector them








A thrill leaning over the rail to image Fort Point,
A dynamic landmark in Noir San Francisco
Would you dive in after Kim Novak?








Headlights on the beach road 
Back to the imaginary city






Onto the Bay again, 
Coming in from the sunset sea
Sailing for home









23 January 2015






 Epilogue
Beyond the Sea




In  the realm of archetype
 I return to my home port
The Ferry pulls in as evening falls






 The boat docks at the landing on schedule
Venus and the faintest moon emerge in tandem
As foreseen by ancient astronomers








 I look back over my shoulder
At my adventure as if it was a fable 
As if it all only happened in a dream
A profound dream that buoys me away at night
That glimmers in distant hopes and imagined plans








 The End












January 2015











Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saint Leo of Piedmont







The Flaneur makes an unplanned visitation to another area church.



I often take a quaint bus from Old Oakland to Downtown Berkeley that passes through Piedmont avenue as part of it's aleatory route. I have long held a mild interest and urge to see the interior of St Leo's church along the way. As chance would have it, the bus I was on had a phantom back door, opening by itself as we climbed through little residential hills. So when we got to Piedmont the driver pulled over on Piedmont and told us the next bus will be along shortly.
Just then the church bells rang at St Leo's and I went in for a first look.





1. 
Sacred Space



Sacred Heart window 
With Station of the Cross
 




Organ in the choir loft, 
Too much light





Take this cup from me,
Window with Station of the Cross






A room for condolence and confession






A descendant of old King David,
Virgin Mary icon and garden






2.
Secular Realm



Across Piedmont there's a small cul-de-sac,
Charming in its own way, I tried for an image,
After I did a glittery make-up lady 
said with assumed authority,"Can I help you?"
"Free citizen in a free country," I replied






Guard the schoolyard,
There's a stranger in our midst







What will it be, Bub?
Can I help you?









18 January 2014

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Walking South Berkeley





Enigmatic Intrusion




Can you still take a giant step outside your mind in Berkeley?
Here are some locations recommended for strolling stoned.



1.
Shattuck



Doing Satan's work
Imps of the Perverse inflating a tire
At a defunct auto-dealership






 Once this storage place has you in its tentacles
It can easily drag you under water




 An out-door out-fitters,
Got my back pack and a money-belt here
Dig the large "stones in its passway"




 I love a mansarde,
Shattuck avenue domicile






2.
Russell



Won't you ride in my little red wagon,
Careful of sharp edges

 



A mystical mushroom





 Arboreal portraiture
Russell and Benvenue





 Berkeley-as-I-wanna-be attitude






 Let peace be our sign






Little Bullwinkle dog
We shall come rejoicing,
Peeing in the leaves



3.
Benvenue





Some are more ready than others...







But the big news is...







 All the trees that are starting to flower






 Really feels like Spring has sprung in January






And what begins in California...








 17-22 January 2015