Tuesday’s Picture: Free Speech

I approached the Free Speech

table with apprehension,

I didn’t know what to say,

ranting about the government was not my style,

bitching about my neighbors only leads to bad Karma,

my bunions hurt, but a lot of other people have it worse.

I had no reason to complain,

my life was going well, had a wonderful wife,

I love where I live, can see the beach from my backyard.

So I just stood at the Free Speech table

using my five minutes

to write this poem

on the sidewalk in thick yellow chalk

for the next person to read and know

that you really don’t have to be angry

or upset at the Free Speech table.


Freelance writer, poet, yogi and photographer from Santa Barbara, California. I write and take pictures about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching years in California. The things that move me may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry, pictures and stories resonate with you.

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