Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Berkland Awaits Halloweekend

Dama de Noche de Los Muertos

Le Flaneur has long been a druidic priest of Samhain 
when the veil is so thin between the living and the dead 

 Trick or treat yourself , Doll
Which city is spookier?
Depends on what you fear

 Rolling into Rockridge
On Bike to the Boneyard Day

 Mr Donald's rug will be our welcome mat to Berkeley
I really hope he runs as an independent

Say, who's that guy horning in to my shot?

 Oh it's you, Milquetoast Wolfman,
Nice to see you

 Doctor Evil and Mini Me make the scene
On Telegraph avenue

 My Mommy always told me,
There's a lot of bad kids out there

 Commemorative shrine for the Irish students
Who fell to their deaths from a shoddy balcony

 Shrouded scaffolding
Encloses the space they feel through

 Inanimate articulation

 Bang a gong, 
Young people of Berkeley

 Wheels within wheels,
Hypnotic roulette,
All bets down on the future

Back to school, Berkeley

 The totemic animal of October in effigy

Do not eat these

 The antipodes of Oz

 A deep orange butterfly
Recharges it's battery card

 Perfect for trick or treating,
Bringing it all back home,
Little goblins and a haul of candy

 You can eat these,
But don't touch them without gloves on

 Lil' Gold Buddha,
Always seems so content and so happy,
Then again that's his front, isn't it?

 Ho hum, 
Cliches get tiresome


 Let's hit the yellow brick road back to Oaklandia

A grotesque dwarf tree,

Back in the game,
That frost giant looks sort of cool

After dark
Think I'll go out trick-or-treat myself

Uh-oh helicopters,
Perhaps I'm more in the mood
To stay home and listen to my radio


October 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

Exile on Main Street

Miscellaneous views vignettes and visions from the Broadway corridor 


 I dig this building
Echo of Oakland's classical period

 Not a bad redux of the entrance lobby neither

 The vaporous Twilight Zone
I want to try wax in a vape pen myself

 Obese people constantly crapping

 Back wall of the Paramount
The letters are painted deep deep black

Urban trees,
Neglected they revert to a natural state

The AC Transit hub
Abandon all hope, y'all

 New mural this year
Stunning geometry of a flat-iron wedding cake


 Bankers have run wild throughout the country

 Capitalist opacity

 The Banker's doorway
It's Escheresque reflections

A troop of kids safely crosses  twelfth  street

Viva la revolution!
Art disguised as propaganda
Or propaganda as art?

Closer and closer to home


 The Flaneur investigates as well


 A city where corruption and incompetence would permit
The Marriott convention center to rob downtown of all its sunshine 
And turn the sidewalk on Broadway to a dangerous drive-way


 The Bay Area has been destabilized
Housing insecurity is on the rise

Estuary Industry


Hallelujah I'm a bum

With lots of time on his hands

To contemplate precise old brick work
Tight machine imagery

To puzzle out electrical enigmas


Transformers hovering over the sidewalk
Survival from the early Industrial Revolution

Detached locomotive traveling backwards

City of Night

Sell everything you own
Give the money to the poor

The best things in life are free,
Your mind best of all,
Your ass will follow

Undertow of the dark night of the soul
During a lunar eclipse

The super-moon triumphs over darkness

August-October 2015