/*23 Breaths*/

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Just like the weather but more so

In socal

I've said it all before
warm days
cool nights
swell (sometimes)

the tourist hordes
God love em
have returned
wence they came

off shore
groom random swells
and burn
your neighbor's house

speaking of the winds
I've seen a bumber crop
of tumbleweeds
this season
they used to be everywhere
but then suddenly
like the pelicans
all but
for a few seasons

The rainy season
(Christmas to March)
will be here soon enough
the next four months
seem to go by like they
are on roller skates

So now
I watch the garden change
wonder where my Ugg boots are
after the sun sets

I'll check out
some new books
at the library

We live interesting times

Just like the weather
but more so

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Turkey and Giblet Feast Classic

That was his favorite
Whenever he wouldn't eat
anything else
and the buffet would stretch on for miles
the little can of Turkey & Giblets
would turn his head
and he would munch away
in that noisy way
the tumor adding another layer
to the symphony that was
Fluffy eating

RIP Fluf

Sunday, September 27, 2015

my favorite season

It's my favorite season
you know what that means
the tourists have gone back from whence they came
warm water
crossed up swells from the north and the south
maybe even offshore winds

but mostly

instead of being
a cranky old man
yelling at kids to
"stay off my lawn"

(just to be clear I really don't have a problem with kids on the lawn (dirt patch as it is due to the drought, but at this point it's a cranky-old-man-union thing and you don't want to get out of sorts with the local...)

but I digress...

now instead of being
a cranky old man
yelling at kids

I'm that kindly old gentleman with the cat and the seasonally appropriate coffee mug who is always sitting typing on his porch in the morning...

Friday, August 14, 2015

ode to an E

i knew it was coming
i've been preparing myself
but it always comes suddenly


time takes us all

stress plays a big part
so does the oxidation
that defines life

the subattomic bonds
(everything happens at a subatomic level)
that always held things together
were not longer equal
to the forces that want to tear them apart

without warning
it was just gone
not with the sound of a thunder clap
not during a climaxtic bend
at the end of a solo

nothing so grandiose

this morning
as I changed tuning
from open G
back to standard
concert pitch

my high e string broke

Monday, August 10, 2015

Except for the figs

Late summer
the tomatoes are spent
the native sages have grown, flowered and faded
as much as they can
in a drought year
several trees died
nothing did well
except for the figs....

the surf
such as it is
in the summer
has had a few moments
but nothing
that will remain
in memory
for very long
"remember the thunder from down under?"

the crowds, the tourist
have had a field day
infesting the beaches
but no riot at HB this year...

the last few days
a cold snap (upper 70's) for August
always a warm month
I have noticed the change of season
the plants
they don't have calendars
they ARE calendars...
they know and
are turning
completing the circle...

so now the temps will
crank back back up in a few days
but still

the weather will cool
the kids will go back to school
and things will change

back to normal
back to the fall

Thursday, July 30, 2015


when I was turning 19
I remember thinking
wow my last year as a teenager...
there were things that needed to be done
I have no idea what it was
probably a new board
but now
having entered into
my last of my 50's decade
what is left to do?

Pema Chodron says,
"Could it be that whether we are awake or asleep,
we are simply moving from one dreamlike state to another?"


quite possibly true

so this moment
I sita
listening to the birds chirping
the cat snoring
I sit

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The boat weather is gone

replaced with a
micro climate
hovering over
a thin strip of land
a desert
and a large

this morning
low clouds
muffle the
and the cat's purr
with the early
as the loudest

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


It's like living on a boat
not the "let's have rum drinks while sitting on the fan tale and complain about docking fees"
living on a boat
but the real life
everything I own is wet and mouldy

I feel like Opus in Bloom County
a penguin that has a chronic personal moisture issues
but I digress..

the cat
he hates the rain
any kind of moisture really
he hates each individual drop

right now
he has been out doing his morning routine
checking the perimeter for
who knows what
and now his tail is wet
and of course
this is my fault
as his staff
I exist only
to do his
or I get a quick claw
to my mouldy leg

Summertime and the livin' is easy

Monday, July 20, 2015

Well that was different

more rain in two days in July
than in most of the years "rainy season"
for a while
in some sort of
heat stroke / mojito delirium
I thought the east coast and west coast
had been swapped
I ran down to the beach
for some sort of swellular confirmation
but the results were inconclusive...
so we just waited it out
with just netflix and a fan
on the plus side
my lawn got watered
local officials have subsequently
issued a warrant out for hurricane Dolores
for violation of the strict no water ordinances....
as far as vacations go
I've had worse
but I think
I really don't like
South Florida...

Monday, June 29, 2015

'till we couldn't see the sets coming...

It was probably the chronic sunburn
but surfing the glass off
was always like surfing in a bathtub
a salty one 
with dozens of my closest friends...
but for a handful
of days
the wind would quit
the wave faces
would become
sheet glass
and we would all
see how long into the
sunset after glow
we could still see
the sets coming