affection and affiliation

no one just sits in this city
i say
_______

stuffed dumbo
slightly rumpled
perched atop garbage can dome
on 24th and lucky

_______

billboard on 24th and bryant
with portrait-style drawings
of those murdered by cops
surrounded by the phrases:
hoodies up
hands up don’t shoot
black lives matter
surrounding big letters
that read: no justice no peace
_______

the woman at the corner store
(with impressive earrings and hair)
tells me my total
(for a juice and chocolate bar)
before she hands back change
to the customer before me
and we smile big smiles
when i tell her
she is fast

_______

a return to bernal heights:
not a matter
of getting out/away from the city
but rising above (where traffic
is still audible but more of a lull
down below rather than a racket
that swells around you)
_______

overheard:

she was slow and

bruised for a week

it shows/takes video
of what you see
(connected or near your eyes)
i supposed you get used to it
not google, but microsoft

_______

6pm bells pealing
in the air down the block accompanied
by car horns

_______

click-click of repaired boot heels
on mission sidewalks
(some gum-stained
some perma-shadowed with leaf stain)
pressing past lollygaggers
on my rendezvousing way
to sound and an old friends’ arms

_______

the door person says
handing my i.d. back
as soon as i saw texas street
i knew exactly where that was
revealing his own san diego affection and affiliation

_______
two-and-a-half song
dance floor reunion
chane and i shake it
_______
that blue light i tell chane
on that fake furry/wooly white coat
(referring to the person on stage
playing the mystery instrument)
will make it into the details –
color/texture combo
powdery and luminescent

_______

HI chane and i joke-laughing
(with kate too) while we
gravelly-shout the word
(imitating aggressive/demanding
audience man) at each other
and out into full moon sky and
at the fences around dolores park
(attempting to collapse them down)

_______

joolie at the kitchen table
breaking down the differences/nuances
of cardinal, fixed and mutable
astrological signs

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