My Community

by Arletha Leon

What they see: drugs, addicts garbage

And debris.

What I see: love happiness, dignity

& joy

What they see: confusion, needles,

mental disorders & disease

What I see: beautiful people, fruit

trees, passion for what they believe + many talents not yet perceived.

What they see is death, poverty,

homelessness &


Warning (A Love Poem)

by Blue Phoenix

Listen, this transmission is critical, please listen, you are in danger

this is not a joke, please assess your self, think again

Remember the things you wanted, Dreamt about

when you were 12, 24, 30, 17

Some of those Dreams still live inside you

But you only and always,

will ever have today

Stop worrying about the past,



by Morgan Zo Callahan 6-18-18

(June 25,1956 NYC to June 8, 2018 Strasbourg, France)
For viewers of the award-winning series “Parts UInknown” and for curious seekers of parts unknown, anywhere, everywhere, here’s a short poem, a tribute to Anthony Bourdain, (creator and presenter of “Parts Unknown”)  who died tragically on June 8, 2018:

Gift given, passing to Mystery

your soul’s next curiosity

Bye Adios Shalom Warm Abrazos Grazie



10-12 Year-Olds

by Dortell Williams (incarcerated at LA County California State Prison)

How is it, my dear

a misguided youth of 10-12 years

can be corrupted by adults or his peers?

In that short span of say, 2 years;

an urban generational fate

from the playground to the police

and then prison the gate.

Tossed away with an eternal date;

warehoused for perpetual profit

in the bloodied hands of the state.


RV Dwellers in Portola Drive Home Need for Safe Parking

At a recent December community meeting hosted by District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood, the shouting from the audience began before Supervisor Ronen was able to begin her opening remarks. The angry outbursts continued to interrupt the 90 minute meeting, which included comments from the heads of SF’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, Municipal Transportation Agency, and Bayview Station police.


‘Let them go to Pacific Heights!,’ one angry neighborhood resident yelled.