Friday, February 26, 2016

Reflections on College Avenue


One of the Flaneur's oldest main drags
on West Coast

 There's a real feminine presence

 A place on College

 Dodging traffic with children

 Tiger Moms are better suited 
for today's fast lane

 The sheltering roof
of a thriving auto shop

The Paisley Underground

 Bozo sees all

 Time to make tracks

 Back to the core of Oakland

23 February 20

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Stations of the Cross


Give it up for Lent!

I left the precinct 
The facade that opposes me every day

To walk through a monument valley
made of steel and glass

A Lenten pilgrimage

Illuminated prayer cards,
Saint Lucy was an aficionado

Sometimes my burden is more than I can bare
Help me, Lord, to be quiet about it

Beneficence of sunlight
Abundant air

 One enters through 
the Holy Door of Mercy
Pope Francis declared 2016 a Holy Year

 A somber wreath
The color of Lent

Jesus is condemned to death

 Jesus is made to carry the cross

Jesus falls the first time

Jesus meets his Mother

Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross

 Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

Jesus falls for the second time

Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

Jesus falls for the third time

 Jesus is stripped of his clothes

Jesus is nailed to the cross

 Jesus dies on the cross

Out of the dream we dream
 Into a supreme reality

 The body of Jesus is
Taken down from the Cross

 The body of Jesus
 is laid in the tomb

 In Lent one renews his vow
To walk in their footsteps
To join the Communion of the Saints

I continued on in a state of grace 
Mild weather and peace

Flowers the color of Lent

  1. Jesus is condemned to death
  2. Jesus carries his cross
  3. Jesus falls the first time
  4. Jesus meets his mother
  5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross
  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
  7. Jesus falls the second time
  8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
  9. Jesus falls the third time
  10. Jesus is stripped of his garments
  11. Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross
  12. Jesus dies on the cross
  13. Jesus is taken down from the cross (Deposition or Lamentation)
  14. Jesus is laid in the tomb.

22 February 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Week


The Flaneur walks forward 
and looks back

 The week began with Saint Valentine's Day

 Always makes me nostalgic
For the good old days

 It's an endless war on terror
A daily grind keeping the homeland safe

Let's pull up a chair
We'll play old-fashioned love songs


Monday was Dead Presidents' day
Sweet and balmy weather indeed
For want of better way to spend it
I was down by the water of course

The absence of beeping and banging at the Port
Was welcome but so were the noisy trains

As I sat and dreamed away an afternoon
A fair crowd collected 
for the Ferry to San Francisco

Here it comes 
Under the radiant sunlight

Naturally there's an inclination to join them,
I tend to prefer the "off" days to the busy holidays
Happy to be where I am

A pleasure boat pulls in
Flying an unusual flag,


Old Glory with rainbow stripes,
When I think about how I had to fight
For every red-white-and-blue patch on my ass,
Today's butt pirates get a free ride

It's plum blossom time

A real sidewalk scene,
 Encephalopod's are out

Outside the matte black night club of infamy

 Fish Kunst erupts


Spooky defrocked church with pagan symbol
 Midnight walk 
Between the rain storms 
Thursday night past,
Lightning struck itself


Friday nighty din din
A California tajine 
with tofu and whole wheat cous cous,
I make a hot meal every evening,
Everything come out my kitchen very good

Pepper sauce and fresh garlic

My Bizarre Valentine,
shortbread cookies


 A day of aesthetic pursuit

After a timely visit to my herbal provender
I felt the glory of a lovely day walking

Down through campus
This torguing tree attracted my eye
 The creek runs just by

 At times it's hard to avoid the perception
That our way of life
has doom written all over it

 The sensual thrill of it all
hasn't yet gone
A color wheel of sound and heat

By week's end
the full moon

February 2016