- January 1st, 2012 Venice, CA – Mary Getlein
- Home before the Hour – Michelle Lepori
- Love Knows – Ronald K. McKinley
- 16:13 Monday, January 30, 2012 – Roger Houston
- can’t ask the wind why – Joanna Silva
- Dance – Jim Smith
——————————————-January 1st, 2012 Venice, CA For Diane Butler I came out of the store and saw Diane, handcuffed, face to the wall, surrounded by eight cops. I’m, like, “what happened?” How many cops does it take to arrest one tiny musician? The cops had rolled up to Ibrahim and told him: “Turn down the drums or we will take all your instruments.” They announced it on their loudspeaker The crowds at the Bistro and the Candle Café Booed loudly- People love this drumming orchestra The police: it’s a strange play The police act like assholes the crowd goes WILD now, suddenly, they are watching someone have their rights taken away from them right in front of them just like on T.V.
but this is Diane – the painter of pictures the singer of songs Diane – who is mother to half the beach Diane – who can laugh so bitterly who doesn’t see her own beauty the way others do Diane – whom everyone loves, everyone is rooting for – Diane – Mother of the motherless guardian of the winds and the breezes a pigeon – mother rescuer of injured birds nurturer Amazing paintings of the locals of the unseen making the invisible appear creating the illusion of reality upon a canvas So there they are – a montage one tiny woman crumpled up on the wall her hands in handcuffs her weight shifts the big male cop holding her hands, behind her back, lets go – and she falls into the wall this is how they treat an artist in America. Hey – Welcome to America, where if you have beauty, talent, and guts you can quite easily be rolled over by the Machine.
We all just stand there Waiting, Witnesses to these corrupt police Why can’t they learn to talk to people? we’re still waiting I know if they take her I’ll be crying. This wakens up all the anger I have against the LAPD the tourists watch this little drama and wonder about this country. finally they let her go home. the sun goes down and she is home. we all love you Dianne. we love your bravery and guts, your light and your love Keep your head up sister, and I’ll keep mine up too, and we will keep on dancing.
–Mary Getlein ———— Home before the Hour
By Michelle Lepori
When I loved you… cooing over photographs. Glow grey marine morning after sex alone, away from no breakfast in bed organic chef, new lover. “You have one hour to leave.” “What I tell all my women…”
Turned away from face down pillow sex to watch shadows fuck in a mirror for two minutes. “The Four Agreements” watched from nightstand. Practicing honesty, spiritual man? “Sorry that wasn’t any good for you.”
What else could be said? Photograph boyfriend, mescaline chardonnay mushy white skin, remember then? So consumed. They said I could do better, had to… Last night I laid back to back, holding hands with my lover. I was home before the hour. ———– Love Knows
Love knows no bounds or master It comes not summoned Moving without temperature Energized by apathy Cooled by contrived connection Soul taction radiating from molecular memory You are found before you find it If you love a thing Is this love Are you what you love A song, a laugh, some food, some sex What magnitude of ascent can you survive Waiting takes too long Rushing is too dissolute How do you know it’s love It makes you human All who love All who are loved Are not absent All you need Is the need Your skin covers the intersection Of then and now
–Ronald K. McKinley ———–
16:13 Monday, January 30, 2012….. I found this sheet of paper in the sand, Along the Venice bike trail. I obtained By pulling to the side and stooping down, Impulsively; like picking up a stone. I felt no inspiration, nor a need To write something. Enough to plant a seed. And when the moment came, I’d probably know The best use for this wayward leaf; and so, A quick fold and deposit. I delayed, Until this moment. I was not afraid. I trust my muse. She radiates upon The alley of my consciousness. Condone, Does she. Likewise, my pen has ascertained, And breathed life into lines, not yet explained…..
–Roger Houston (nodding off with LG Octane in my hands.)
————can’t ask the wind why By Joanna Silva
Crows eat other birds. Crows are the tight knit family type and know their neighborhood. If a kid says that way down that row of sickly, smog-dusted, rat-choked palms, towards the sunset-direction, there’s a seagull looking rather lost and slow, the crows, like wolves, will together begin the hunt. They’ll chatter and wait, a perfect, but not a considerate distance from the weaker, now terrified, sea bird.
Beatrice, a young gull who’d shed her black and grey at birth, hadn’t known she was ill, but felt so immediately when the crows appeared, studied her, moved in, suffocating her courage. Her rapid-paced bird-heart and light-speed tiny-breath slowed. Moments divided into themselves. All things stretched out and spoke. She had time to notice, to second-guess, and to have fear.
In an instance of just one of her bird-swift blinks she went further. She felt shame. She suffered. She cowered because she’d been arrogant and had imagined maybe, not because she was special, but because she was true, that maybe God had blessed her, that there might have been a name for her even before she was hatched.
She lifted lightly into the air as if nothing were different, as if she had not this shadow. ———- Dance
By Jim Smith
One by one my friends are covered by Shadows. The sunlight ends and a cold wind blows.
Used to be The Fear was about walking down the street when a brilliant flash knocked us out and then a harsh wind, and then…
Now the oncoming Fear is nameless. So powerful your mind can’t visualize. So ominous we’re crazy with stress, which newspapers make us realize.
Here comes a singularity of hidden intention. It could be the great hope of humanity. But some say it’s our total destruction. Change will be hard, or perhaps a calamity.
The dread will wake you in the night when it creeps into your dreams. It’s coming close, bringing tears and fright Nothing can stop our fate, it seems.
So wrap it up and throw your Fear away in a trash can. It’s your last chance. Fear won’t help when comes the day. Put it out of your mind, and D A N C E.
Dance until the morning Sun comes out. Dance until everyone becomes a friend. Dance until you drive away your doubt. Dance until the end.