San Francisco [Almost a Sonnet]

(The city by the bay of Northern California, near which the Pacific Ocean resides; the year is 1967)

Mid October seemed like some spring day,

When through the poised waters, dry as lead,
The ferry, like vague shadows that stand the dead,

Slipped down the curved coast of Frisco bay,
Rounded the Golden Gate,-and San Francisco lay,
Before me, that gay city, pink and red,
Hippies covered Haigh Asbury's homeless head,-

My home, to be, I found stirring and grey.

The waves busted on the wooden-sides; fishermen

Nearby with long necks, looked and cast again.
Deep in emerald waters we wandered free,
When abruptly the bay currents were stirred

The ferry bearing restrained the great sea bird
Settling, like Asbury's spirit, in the sea.

6/4/05 #708

Note by the Author: Sonnets are tricky little creatures, and although I started out to create one, I found I had to lay it aside, and create a semi-sonnet, for I did not want to lose tone, and spirit of the waters around the bay of San Francisco, and the echoes that came with it. I had lived there in l967-68 for a year. And many ferry rides were available for a few dollars. Some even chanced it by going under and out beyond the Golden Gate, and so it was the supreme achievement of my youthful years to have become a part of this fascinating city, in such a fascinating time period, one unequalled since the 1920's when Hemingway and Fitzgerald walked the streets of Paris, and Scott, coined the term, "The Jazz Age," back in l967, it was the Hippie Era.

I suppose for me, I do not feel bound by formal regularity to create a full sonnet, but in this poem neither did I want blank verse, which is unrhymed iambic pentameter. So this is what I came up with. The trip I took on the boat was actually with my mother, who came to visit me in the city by the bay, as I had gotten drafted to go into the Army, and onto Vietnam. It was a joyful memory for both of us, which lasted until she passed on in 2003; yes, we talked about those far off days in San Francisco, of which she only stayed for a week, for 35-years; what more can one ask for out an experience.

Poet Dennis Siluk web site: http://dennissiluk.tripod.com

In The News:


The Guardian

Hollie Poetry: woman versus world – one poem at a time
The Guardian
Long before she quit her day job and adopted the stage name Hollie Poetry, Hollie McNish was scribbling poems on whatever surface she could find. She started at the age of four, and when we meet she is clutching a folder full of her teenage work. “They ...


Press Herald

A rallying cry for poetry
Press Herald
Tony Hoagland understands why you don't like poetry – or why you think you don't. It has to do with the way generations of Americans were introduced to poetry in school. It was boring and tedious and emphasized memorizing lines instead of figuring out ...

and more »

Salisbury Post

Catawba's English and music departments host evening of Irish poetry and music
Salisbury Post
On Tuesday, April 7, Catawba College's English and music departments will host an evening of Irish poetry and music, beginning at 7 p.m. in Tom Smith Auditorium in Ketner Hall. The evening, which is free and open to the public, will feature ...


Telegraph.co.uk

Spring has sprung: there's poetry all round in the turning of the seasons
Telegraph.co.uk
Spring is here, thank God. I have been immersing myself in it, following in the footsteps of Wordsworth and Coleridge, not in the Lake District but in Somerset where, in early 1798, the two poets were living at the foot of the Quantocks, the wonderful ...


Tulsa World

Rhyme and reason: What's a poetry museum doing in rural Oklahoma?
Tulsa World
It has got everything in there. Way back in the day, poets were the unacknowledged legislators of the world. That's what (Percy Bysshe) Shelley said. That was a couple of centuries ago, but it's still true that you can find a lot that is useful in ...


Ross woman makes poetry of moments big and small
Tribune-Review
Inspiration comes when it will, so Rose Cheriton keeps a pen and pad at her bedside. “Sometimes in the middle of the night, a thought will come to me, and I write it down,” Cheriton said. “I might go back later on and work on it. But sometimes it comes ...


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

'Imagination Motel': Fiction writer Chuck Kinder goes rogue with poetry
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Imagination Motel: Pomes With Many Bags of Buttered Popcorn and Big Pepsis” is a large book, a dense book, a prose writer's poetry. It is also a movie, a black-and-white Western, a campy Tarzan, Invasion of the …. It is music and the visceral ...


Southwest Florida poetry contest winners announced
The News-Press
Last year when the number of entries in Southwest Florida Poetry Contest quadrupled, we called it a poetry boom. This year the number of poems submitted doubled to more than 150. Poetry has poetically exploded in Southwest Florida! Local poets and ...


PRI

1200 years later, is Chinese poetry entering a new golden age?
PRI
According to Yibing, the poets were skeptical. They weren't “app” kind of guys. Was this really a good venue for poetry, they wondered? But, within minutes of the poets uploading their poems, he says, “there were hundreds of people 'liking' them and ...
Library plans April poetry series to celebrate National Poetry MonthKitsap Sun
National Student Poet visits Pelham High SchoolThe Union Leader
Poetry Then, Poetry Now: A Poet Laureate and His LegacyUCR Today (press release)
The National -The Daily News of Newburyport -New Jersey Hills
all 20 news articles »

Poetry and Literature Calendar (March 29-April 4)
Buffalo News
Tuesday, 7:30 P.M.: SUNY Empire State College Appletree Series open reading featuring poet and prose writer Martha Deed reading her “poetry of witness,” exploring the differences between journalism and poetry. Additional reading slots available. Empire ...

Google News

Find the Magic

FIND the MAGICFind the Magic As you release old bondage... Read More

Learn About Love From Poet Rumi

Learn about love by reading poetry by a long dead... Read More

Its What She Didnt Say

When I hear your voice inside my head it makes... Read More

Infected Ideologies [a Poetic Portrait]

the disease of extremism is infectious-; whoever cannot think of... Read More

Four Poems: Two for the Devil, Two for Peru

Here is some witty poetry (not sure if that is... Read More

How to Write Bad Poetry

"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."--Oscar WildePeople write poetry... Read More

Here And There

My eyes opened. I am still alive; Living on... Read More

The Plane from Iquitos [1959-Part One]

Iquitos & the Amazon Part OneIt was December 2, l959,... Read More

Preserving Dignity

No one should have to beg or crawl before humanity.... Read More

The Poets Corner [Three Poems with a review]

The Poet's Corner [Three poem/ see review of poetry under... Read More

Rhymes of an Ordnance Man [Vietnam War: 1971]

Rhymes of an Ordnance Man [Vietnam War: 1971]An eleven part... Read More

Uamaks Aquatic [suspense: now in Spanish and English]

Delicately, my mind was selecting a muffled tune, out of... Read More

Arizona Blue--Gunfighter: The Wolves Nest [Chapter One of Seven: The North]

[Episode Five]Arizona Blue-GunfighterThe Wolves Nest-in the North[Episode Five]Northern Minnesota Area?Winter... Read More

Lifes Too Short

Time goes by to quickly to hold your feelings inside... Read More

Changes

I am not the one I was before yesterday.I cannot... Read More

Asha of Darfur [A poem with a commentary by the author]

Asha of DarfurCry, cry-oh little Darfur woman For your sister... Read More

Thank You To Our Soldiers And A Tribute To Old Glory And A Prayer For Peace

Thank youDedicated to soldiers and their loved onesFor those who... Read More

Biography of Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte (1816 ?1855) Novelist and Poet.Charlotte was the daughter... Read More

Ambiguity and Abstraction in Bob Dylan?s Lyrics

To many people contemporary poetry is a turn-off. The reason... Read More

A Dose of Laughter

I'm not well. Can't you tell? Kinda low, so,... Read More

Four Poems: Grendels Nature...the Racetrack...Counting days...[Now in English and Spanish]

English Version1) Grendel's DivorceYou must know that I do not... Read More

Looking Out the Rear Window

The funeral rite concluded With the pastor shaking hands, Offering... Read More

I Shall Wait...

I Shall Wait..On all the new mornings, and every singking... Read More

Africa

AFRICA (to africans in diaspora)africa here i come, africa africa... Read More

Choices

You can do and you can be whatever you want.... Read More