Category Archives: Neighborhood

Toward Castro

Succeeding weeks of rain, the air’s so cleanit slaps my cheeks and soothing coats my throat.I’m walking to the Metro, and the sceneis gentle as a promenade. I floaton foot through color, like an antidoteto mudslides, teeming gutters, trees that … Continue reading

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Local(e) Benefits

How fortunate I feel for living here.Not only does this cottage suit my soul,but I selected gentle atmosphere,away from floodplains, chosen with a goalof walking where I need, with merchants near,and thus with timing under my control.You’ve heard me advocate … Continue reading

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How to Jaywalk

The kids today may need a jaywalk class.They’re inattentive, and the traffic’s dense.It takes an age of walking to amasspedestrian abilities. I senseapproaching drivers who will rudely pass.I harbor busy street intelligence.But all the years I lived to learn the … Continue reading

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Relenting

The shingled structure wears a charcoal stain,appearing almost black (or uber gray).But when the sunshine lights each window pane,the way it did at 3 p.m. today,it wears a face of silver. That displayexamples how appearance varies so.My fondest enemy has … Continue reading

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Silly Sign

I saw the sign a month ago, and thought“how curious,” but failed to take a shot.The light had changed – I crossed the street – there oughtto be another there, but there was not.I wondered at the thing – was … Continue reading

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The Cost of Good Deeds

Because I took the job of paying bills for all five owners of this property, and seeking reimbursement for the spills advanced on their behalf by only me, and due to the protections and the drills established for “our own … Continue reading

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Frames

They’ve started framing traffic signals now.Somebody must have studied gathered facts,and found a way to teach the drivers howto notice what already eye-attracts.A traffic plan made agencies endowideas only esteemed by bureaucrats.The visible results make no one wary.You know the … Continue reading

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Naked DEMO

My neighborhood’s attractive but it’s dense.We cluster close with separating trees.So when I heard the noise beyond the fenceand up, where houses rear into the breeze,I soon identified the source. From whencethe sound emitted, bare from head to knees:A guy … Continue reading

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Above Stores and Behind Stars

I’ve walked this neighborhood so many years,I’ve memorized the look of every place.I gaze instead sometimes at what appearsabove each independent retail space.I note what must be offices or flats.Apartments and compartments tantalizeimagination – urban habitatsand crooked shades revealing stored … Continue reading

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Unmoribund

At least 2 times a week I pass this tree,and I have worried that it might be dead.Well-shaped and large, it’s shown no greenerywhen all around are plants a-bud in bedor trellis-woven, fenced or blooming free.I’ve longed to see it … Continue reading

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