Thursday, October 27, 2011


Cell Phone Set #32. Enjoy. The top photo explains itself. The middle photo is of a friend of my family's. He goes by "Buzzy". He scraps metal and resells just about anything he finds, for a living. He helped my family clean out my grandmother's yard. A true American, he can pick up just about any, meaningless-looking piece of metal and tell you exactly what it goes to and what it is used for.
The bottom photo is of a hardware store is South Philly that specializes in making keys. It has been around since the early 1900's. Even if out of the way, I suggest you go there to have your keys made, at least once.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


North Philadelphia on a cold winter morning.
All the working class lovers leaving their lovers' warm beds,
meeting the cold air.
Getting on the train above Kensington Avenue.
Watching the landscape of rooftops and icy streets, below.
Quiet, grey skies and abandoned buildings becoming nature.

Her warm body covered by a winter coat,
her flesh just recently caressed.

She will ride the train, she will sit next to strangers
She will enter the day with a cold body & chapped lips
Her neck was just kissed, her thighs caressed.
The skin on both were warm & soft
She doesn't look happy, but she might be.


Joey has "Joey" tattooed on his neck,
he keeps pushing her hair from her face to behind her ear
They are both in their mid-40's
They are riding the train to Frankford, to the Northeast

Officer Gritsko is in a white shirt
He is watching the couple, too.
The man lets the woman listen to his headphones,
her head is on his shoulder.
They ride the train.

He gives her a sip of his soda, her legs are in his lap.
"Karin" is tattooed on his hand, the hand that touches her leg.
The tattoo is beginning to fade.
Joey & Karin, riding the train.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


It's been a very long time. Things are at an incredible crawl.
I was working a job retiling the floor of a very large church in Northeast, Philadelphia. It took me about an hour to get to work every day. The job lasted 5 weeks. Every morning I would wake up at 4:30 to catch a 5:00 train. I took the top photo one day, while waiting for it. I also worked on a new poem at this time, that might appear on here in the next posting. It was quite the ride. Beautiful views, especially in the colder seasons. I suggest riding the El to the end at this hour, at this time of year, at least once in your life. That is, if you have a truly open mind & appreciate peculiar forms of beauty.
The second photo is of a nice, modern American scene.
The bottom is of two of my friends while Francisco Franco was on our small 3 day tour a few months back. We went for a walk in Far Rockaway.
These three photos work very well together.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


It's 6 a.m. in the morning

A single mother & her son
are driving down Roosevelt Boulevard
in a late 90's grey Geo Prism.

The car's radio is pulled out of the dashboard
and it is sitting on the little boy's lap.

He is turning the dial with his left hand
while staring out of the passenger side window.

The wires are exposed and the sun is rising.
A light summer fog is in the air.


Johnson Homes Complex
In the Hearts of Religion
the empty heart of a young boy

Thursday, February 3, 2011


It's been a while. Here is Cell Phone Set #30. Bad news, my present cell phone doesn't have a camera, or it does, but it has a broken camera. These are old photos.
The top one is my grandmother & her friend talking about their legs swelling from old age. I wheeled my grandmother over so she could say hi to her friend. The middle is a bunch of crushed cans outside of the scrap-metal place where I have made a bit of money. The bottom is a Philadelphia Water Department truck with very nice decorations on the front of it.
This might be the end of the cell phone sets unless I can salvage some more from my old photos. Thanks.