Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Psychedelic Sunset

A burst of color before the darkness

Red earth flora

An artisan selling pipes
what's the nature of this
passing scene?

The psychedelic sun also rises
a trip room in broad daylight

I chatted up a kind fellow with some bud
we discussed entheogens and the like
my experience and study was extensive
and nostalgically long ago

 A t home I encountered
anew shower curtain
for Easter week

 An eerie contrast in light
when I went outside again
after supper

A cherished motif and subject
the antiquated walls of
Union Machine Works

Moving on but
I'm sticking to the union

Approaching sundown
the evening train
thunders this way

Three spines with rib gages
inchoate faces
came toward me in the sky

Things rapidly
  the extra-planet effect


Some people look at the beauty
of a sunset sky
acknowledge it rationally
and want to go

Others of us stand transfixed
in an aesthetic state
brushstrokes of momentary color
 intimate immortality

Infrared flowers
in the most oblique light
calling me home

24 April 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Garden Cat

Buds are forthcoming roses
animals cop curious poses
So early in the Spring

Clouds dropped me off
on upper Grand Avenue
Piedmontese around here

To an native Yankee like myself
the world of flowers I encountered
on the West Coast continues to be
one of continual wonder

In California
the flora are in your face

Another green world

I am fond of passages
where no cars go

A girl with red hair
reads a book
under a canopy of green

Premature day for the roses

 I found one bush in bloom
with ecstatically fragrant blossoms

But we are not here for the roses

Not sure it shows but...

I am very
very high

Well, well,
look who's here

Better not wake
my extra-sensory pal

He couldn't care less

Go all Edward Muybridge
on your turkey ass

We ere expecting
the Easter Bunny

Despite over-population
on both sides

We are not allowed to eat them
as hear they're as gamey
as an old pole cat

Looking kind of pre-historic
there, aereopterix

A mind-expanding
psychedelic biosphere

As if the doors of perception
were cleansed

As if the heart and soul
were opened
to the sky

We are floating,

April 2017

Veloraptor Circles Campus

Living fossil of the alt-right Androcene period

Sightings around UC Berkeley Campus
have been predicted as a feeding frenzy
of staged political violence
follows in the wake
of one-party control
of society and economy

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Strolling Oakland: Chinatone to the Warehouse Zone

A walk on a cloudy Saturday last month
a cloudy Saturday just like today

As the crow flies
a bird's eye view
let's see
what I think I saw

 Into China like
a latter-day Marco Polo
 Somewhat gloomy
no one really knows
what goes on here

 Mysteries without solutions
like this quixotic vacant lot
untrampled amid the multitudes

Chinese throw shapes

 Ethnic notional wall paintings
turns out this is a gang headquarters
I snuck up and pounced on them
the pussies

Anti-white privilege
the process where one minority
claims the victimization and response
due to another far more oppressed

 The haunted Oakland Portal
the living are rarely present

The other side of the sculpture
a portal
over the tunnel to Alameda

 A red brick district

 Seen in A Hard Day's Night

 A wall as palimpsest

Around here
even the dogs
drink Guinness

 Nice textures
Couldn't tell if it was a gym
or a place selling gym equipment

Repurposed as housing
and modular biz space

West of the Rockies
Monahan monolith
the best-looking guy
in my high school was a Monahan
He seemed bashful about his good looks

Coin of the real estate realm

 Some guys have necks
thicker than their heads

Jack London Square
train station
end of today's trail

 Two o'clock in the afternoon

18 March 2017