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Unfurling orange-striped towels
and blue-checked picnic cloths,
people spill onto the grass.
A teen in tie-dyed shirt juggles red balls.
Black mutt leaps for neon pink frisbee,
feathered tail batting the air.
Two children burst from laps
as their mothers chat,
annoy the geese who waddle and honk
just out of their chubby reach.
Swings creak as short legs
frantically swish through air
in a dream of flying.
Local Buddhists sit on cushions,
share homemade granola bars,
meditate and chant
in a sanctuary of sun.
Man in leather jacket, newsboy cap
and green thong
prances up the sidewalk,
Scruffy guitar player strolls
among laughing clusters.
“A song for a dollar, anything you like.
I’ll sing about love or rockets,
your dog’s bad breath.”
Red-head in glitter and star crown
commissions a birthday ballad.
Her terrier sneaks off with a bag of chips
and feasts behind the sycamore tree.
All around—our beautiful, brilliant world.
San Francisco sings its Ode to Joy.
MJ Moore lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her various incarnations have included technical writer and editor, grassroots environmental activist, first grade teacher, poet and flash fiction writer, wife, and mother. Strongly bicoastal, she thrives on salt air, wind and waves, but also loves mountains, deserts, forests and streams. Writing, for her, is a source of vision and joy. Her poem, “Cello Suite,” was previously published in Bach in the Afternoon, Poems from the Blue Light Press Summer 2018 Workshop.
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Vistas & Byways Review is the semiannual journal of fiction, nonfiction and poetry by members of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at San Francisco State University.
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