Digital Ambivalence

Wacky minions every day
bubbling from coffee cups
electronic tablets
all sizes holding sway

A harrowing despair
spilling over everywhere
bodies pink and overweight
pasted into chairs

Frantic fingers plinkity plink
fussing over pricey drink
overflowing greed
an arrogance that lingers

Packs of over eager
hungry and ambitious yupsters
simply won’t look up
pawing pointless gadgets
a south of Market coffee shop

 
 

© 2017 by Robert Lane Wilder

Rainbow Grocery - San Francisco

Meeting at Rainbow Grocery

Suzi is endearingly perceptive.
She concludes,

Not with cell phone…
he’s not someone who can’t bear to be alone.
He might well be complicated,
lively spirit situated.

She sees in him a goodness
only artists understand.

Glowing in her face
a reassuring grace
rippling with insightful visions of
the human race.

Suzi has a smile
that occupies a special place,
showing off her empathetic
rainbow flavored dreamlike taste.

 

      Meeting At Rainbow Grocery (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

The above is just a sound clip. You can get the entire track, of the author reading this poem, by clicking here.

 

Rainbow Grocery = A popular health food co-op in San Francisco. A random scene from it pictured above.

 

© 2017 by Robert Lane Wilder

Unfulfilled Desire

Unfulfilled Desires - Robert Lane Wilder poetry
Jaded I parade under San Francisco
waiting for a J K L or N train
hard to breathe a little numb

Noticing the grim and glum
wannabes from offices
rap tap tapping phones
complacent narcissistic weenies

Fingering entitlements
techno discomboobulated
clamoring for something better
gazing at some gadget

Inside gobs of ire
flailing inside never ending
unfulfilled desire

Truly here a somewhat loopy
mild mannered joe
falling prey to corporate metal teeth
that don’t let go

 

      Unfulfilled Desires (Sound Clip) - Robert Lane Wilder

 

The above is a sound clip. You can get the whole version, of the author reading the entire work, by clicking here

 

Drawing above by Frost Newton

 
© 2017 by Robert Lane Wilder

Have a Pressing Problem?

A place on Sacramento Street
that sits you in a catbird seat.
For finery in need of care
Peninou, he helps you there!

Gamely Pierre Peninou
knowing what your garment’s worth,
glowingly he measures girth.
Unrivaled service brought to you…
expert Pierre Peninou!

In a hurry? There’s no worry.
Accommodating through and through,
plucky Pierre Peninou!
See the fancy logo on his company hat.
Consummate taste, it shows in that.
Cultured Pierre Peninou!

Pierre mending collar stays.
He’ll impress proper plays.
Remarkable his craftsmanship
especially with finer things.
He makes sure seersucker suits
positively sing!

He unwrinkles, blocks, repairs, even cuffs & collars
skirts, culottes, sweats and blazers.
Even sprucing laundry bags
with a winning splash.
Velvet capes he cleans with style.
Get your night gown pressed with dash.
Suits he tailor makes for you.
Crafty Pierre Peninou!

He’ll reinforce, depill, stain guard
& if you like, repel for you.
Flat cuffs cold, they’re old hat.
Complicated tasks he’ll do…
Call on Pierre Peninou!

  

© 2017 by Robert Lane Wilder

Casing the Headlands

Casing the Headlands

In these hills fortress walls
where enormous guns
defended North America.

Out by Rodeo Beach
mammoth 15 inchers
kept enemies at bay.

Gath’red by these clumps of trees
a klatch of ghostly inductees…
in this air orderlies
from other eras congregate.

Attachés from long ago
in silver hazes by the sea…
metallic notes from buoys
punctuate, fiddle dee dee!!

Gazing at the blue sea stack
(along this coast a shimmery glaze),
taking in thwacking waves

Like Helmut Lang in days of yore
prancing this majestic shore
a slinky wisp I wander ’round Hill 88.

What in world will others see
fifty years from now?

Will there be another
shadow spirit by the sea?
Gaucho reincarnates
undisturbed and free?

Maybe they’ll be scooched
beside a dreamy wag like me
who also seems to perorate
atop Hill 88.1

  

1 Rodeo Beach & Hill 88 are in the Marin headlands of Golden Gate park, locations which for a hundred years plus were part of a monster military base. Happily, these are now a staging ground for spectacular sunsets.

  

© 2017 by Robert Lane Wilder

Healthy Sign - Deep Ecology in SF Bay

Healthy Sign

More than happy ducklings
trawling brackish pond
eleven fuzzy flyway things
downy feathered ducklings
little ones that probably
have not yet faced danger

Mother goose watches them
chasing eel grass tadpoles fish
energizing just to see
eleven gadwall ducklings

Sunlit days thru SF Bay
visions of these flash within
eco conscious minds like mine
a palpable inordinately
welcome healthy sign

  

© 2017 by Robert Lane Wilder