Summer of Love–dVerse Poetics

 

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Summer of Love
Signs of the Times

I could have been there, but wasn’t,
though this California earthquake
hit me harder than Loma Prieta
(and I was there, in the city, for that one.)

I’ve walked the hate Haight,
tossed flowers onto a pond,
inhaled once and choked,
joined a minority in my own
weird way, loved freely
in my own sure way.

But, I embrace our vets,
as well, while rueing war,
love my country, question
politics, splurge on gratitude.

The signs abounded; buttons led the way.

Is what we have now
really what we want?

When I opened the paper this morning (to barely scan the headlines and read the comics) I found an article on the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love (1967) that showed a photo of buttons with the many slogans that emerged.

Today, Mish invites us to muse on the many signs that surround us and I suppose these little buttons, which certainly set our culture in a new direction, may be acceptable for the prompt. Please join us with a SIGN that hits you at dVersePoets.

 

Signz ‘n the Hood–Weekly Photo Challenge

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is asking for “Signs.” Whether straightforward or implied, our lives are informed by signs. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, leaves beginning to change remind us of the approach of cold weather.

I would love to drive the seedier neighborhoods of Reno and capture some of the more outrageous ones that give Reno an mostly undeserved reputation, and perhaps later in the week I make be able to carve out a few minutes to do just that. In the meantime, I’m using my currently time-crunched walk, dogs in tow, to share some signs right here in my own neighborhood.

Welcome to the 'hood. Wildlife rules here.

Welcome to the ‘hood.
Wildlife rules here.

A block from home there is an access to the Truckee River allowing bikers to follow it to Pyramid Lake. This is where the water from Lake Tahoe travels...when we're not in severe drought.

A block from home there is an access to the Truckee River allowing bikers to follow it to Pyramid Lake. This is where the water from Lake Tahoe travels…when we’re not in severe drought.

Crews are repairing the riverwalk.

Crews are repairing the riverwalk.

One of 2 accesses to the river walk that they are improving.

One of 2 accesses to the river walk that they are improving.

Poor neighbors--the kids keep stealing their tomatoes.

Poor neighbors–the kids keep stealing their tomatoes.

Please...be responsible.

Please…be responsible.

The blight of election season. Somebody didn't like Wilson.

The blight of election season. Somebody didn’t like Wilson.

(All photos–Victoria C. Slotto)