Thursday, December 14, 2017

Winter Lights In Golden Gate Park



in progress



Tree-Lighting
7 December 2017


The annual event augented this year
by a fantastic light show
projected from within
the Conservatory of Flowers
And a Winter Carnival midway
through the pitch black
and chilly park













Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Noel Noir (mail art)








Felix The Cat
Hits Rock Bottom







Dinosaur Debutante Planet













Rage in Toyland







9 December 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Adventures in Advent I
















When will it be Christmas on Earth?



The first week in Advent
a profound memory
being blessed


Uptown
the old I Magnin building
I'm old enough to remember
busy Xmas shopping here and
at Emporium across the street


Paramount theater
in the ideal sunlight
of December


Sheila E is going to perform
the entirety of Joanna Newsom's "Y's"
but apparently not until next year
maybe he ran out of 7



Old Glory is looking
a little limpid
lately


But two angels
lead me on past
 the religious gift shop

Christ
 the tree of life
let's join his cause



Advent wreath
until He cometh
with clouds

Meet me Jesus meet me
meet me in the middle of the air


I will know my Savior
when I come to Him







By the marks where
 the nails have been


 The greatest story ever told

Is still infolding


After there are
 no more books
in circulation


The Advent candles
set before
the majestic image
of the Messiah

I think the Mexican-American parishoners
demanded some tradition
The modernistic metal statue
of the Madonna here
seems to have few real fans










The beauty of a time-honored icon




Wade in the water
and be baptized
the estuary awaits
with or without you


God's going to
trouble the skies
trouble the waters



In the font of holy water


 I am baptized again






Out through the sepulchral
basement passage



Traditional d├ęcor prevails
in this more secular hallway



Mascot for all the security guards
more of them than the faithful today





2.
The Oaks of Oakland







Frugging madly


The old oak tree
cork-screwed
into the sky





And look who's there



A charming squirrel
an old old friend







 Sunning
his bushy red tail










We are deep in an
Antifa Zone
you'll be glad to know


 
3.
Black crows are massing
over Lakeside Park



Tippi and Alfred
Sitting in a tree
K-i-s-s
I-n-g





 Incredible number of birds
only hinted at here



A frenetic murder of crows





First they'll take
Lake Merritt



Then they'll take.
Oakland





Augering good or augering ill
The crows are without doubt
a portent



4 December 2017









Friday, December 1, 2017

Rotten Tom Cotton



WAS LEE HARVEY OSWALD CLONED?









Naw, it's only the treasonous
Rotten Tom Cotton 
Head of CIA
designate

As a freshman congressman
he wrote the letter to Iran
threatening to negate a US treaty
signed by the President

Paving the way
to WWIV


Anyone remember that John Cale song





Thursday, November 30, 2017

Black Friday: Window-Shopping Only
















You're just window-shopping
you're never stopping to buy

Buy Nothing Day
I went South
to see what
there was to see
behind the looking glass

Alameda offered as ever
a journey to the past
in the now


Relax
whenever in doubt
keep your card
in your wallet



For what ails you



This is sexy town

Shrine to a tragic
Goddess

Frosty?
Fancy meeting you here






That's right...
Santy Claus is a-coming
to dog town

Whenever Frosty
thinks of Marilyn





his nose gets longer





Beginning to look
a lot like
Xmas




Everyday melodrama
the lost dog


Wow
$2,500 for Millie
I'll keep an open eye


Maybe eaten by a shark


The world after all
is mostly ocean



With it's own style
of holiday
festive decorations

The gang's all here








Grouchy curmudgeon fish
know the score



It's all about eat
and be eaten

And yea
though RAY walks
through the jaws of death
he fears no evil

Ohlone woman


Previous populations
of Alameda






Something happ'nin
Captain?
You just sailed in
to the Twilight Zone


Said to be haunted
by coastal ghosts




Could use a skate sandwich
about now





Coots a plenty,
I informed a holiday family
of its nomenclature,

From it we get "an old coot"
a phrase that might be used
to describe
someone like myself








The pecking order
all familiar faces


High tide and end of the year
abundance of food


Mineralism revisited
an enjambment
 

In the rocks
there are...






hidden colors



Graphic plant
turns monochrome


While many can hang
I must migrate soon



Eternity is
ever nearby


Through the thicket
of thought


Wow Millie has doubled
in value against
time and loss



Hey now


Gorilla Glue?
I smoke it all the time




This being the USA
of California
I am free to do so


Now he already looks 
several sails to the wind


On strong brew


I'd join him
but I hear
another siren


Always a seagull on the roof
in Alameda



Thanksgiving
the actual nightmare
 before Xmas


Eventually they'll
add the rest of the holidays



Under the tarot-fied
Xmas tree

Grumpy Cat menorah


You didn't even know
he was Jwish


Yikes


Only the Pinball Museum


Harlequins, wild dames,
Noirish clowns
they go way back

Having yet another




The groovy scuba shop


Candy-colored wet suits
My brother had one
I put it on once and
hated the sausage feeling
If I had one now though
I would swim at
frigid SF Aquatic Park



Especially if I had
my booties on

So if you're wondering
what to get me


Fetching Frankie plate


Some Glue perhaps?

Always a pleasure
an euphoria even


So long Norma Jean

Right about now
I could certainly use


A nice new
bat pillow





One sleepy cat
am I

The sunset was acqueous
almost submarine








I dreamt about
travelling through
a sand worm hole








Sleep
 with the fishes




24 November 2017