SAN FRANCISCO POETS
(1935 ~ March 18, 2013)
Ears covered against a cold wind
San Francisco feels like Alaska
walking west toward the sea
climbing from Mission Street
over the hills to work early
walking slow as a winter sun
rain will return when it’s ready
bottle brush and mulberry hold
their leaves, encourage me
wishing I could walk all day
up these hills and down
one step at a time
mind clear as winter gazing
I could walk to the sea
let work wait until tomorrow
or another day, the
wise ones say
we don’t need money
our souls are invisible on crystalline
days between storms
we are needless in essence
crystalline in truth
imperceptible between storms
the wise ones, perceptive as a
flight of gulls gliding along 24th Street
join me in a cold wind
bottle brush and mulberry
hold tight to their leaves.
© Don Brennan
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BARBARIA was published in June 1st 2009.
Don Brennan has serialize the book on his blog for you to read.
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OLD WORLD CAFES
Old world cafes tuck themselves
into corners of the city
where disengaged minds seek
shelter, huddle like paranoid
lambs cut off from the flock
find some safety behind spotilly
cleaned windows, warm and soft
as morning sun filtering through
from the street.
Guitars strum without amps, Monk moves
to the comforting beat of milk
Old world cafes snuggled like refugee
families into corners of the city,
struggle to defy cynicism with wonton soup
a computer or two.
At tables of books and tea, scribbling in
journals, peering at glasses of wine
like newsprint, people in from the
glaring streets interrupt one another
grapple with sanity
laugh aloud in several
© Don Brennan
Don Brennan was born in San Francisco in 1935 and retired from high school teaching in 1990. He began reading
open mic poetry in 2000 after winning first prize in the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal contest (San Francisco).
Don Brennan's work has appeared in several journals, including Haight Ashbury, Minotaur, The Great American Poetry Show,
North Coast Review, The Throwback, Arnazella, Sacred Grounds Anthology,and Other Side of the Post Card (City Lights Anthology).
He has edited Two Anthologies : Tracks 07); Summit V(07). And has published 5 chapbooks: Amusing the Beast(2002);
Seasonal Work(2005); Extrodinary Pleasure(2006); Try Those Shoes(2006); Prelude to Uncertainty (2007).
Ode to Allen Cohen by Don Brennan
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