Strolling Pasadena (Photo - Sonny Premo).

      Strolling Pasadena (Photo – Sonny Premo).

      – 7/08/15

      Gary Blankenship

      marching music
      ghost of the grand parade
      poets sing
      of the city’s rhythms
      oranges dropping in my hand

      Gary Blankenship lives in Bremerton, Washington, but loves the Pasadena area. He’s visited in the past, and wants to come back here where sunshine grows on trees.

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      Strolling Pasadena (Photo - Sonny Premo).

      Strolling Pasadena (Photo – Sonny Premo).

      Briony James

      Friday night in Oldtown
      streetlight sunning youth
      for a new cocktail
      stirred and shaken by the moon

      ambling under antique lights
      whispers of another time
      the Shakespeare bridge
      beckons the future
      while reaching to the past

      Briony James lost herself in Los Angeles and found herself almost forty years later when Knightsbridge actors sent her across the Shakespeare bridge into Old Pasadena and convinced her that it was the Promised Land. She wanders from Colorado to Lake in a perpetual state of crazed creativity.

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      Strolling Pasadena (Photo - Sonny Premo).

      Strolling Pasadena (Photo – Sonny Premo).

      Deborah P Kolodji

      any time of year
      the pink line
      that guides the floats
      down Colorado

      Deborah P Kolodji has lived in the Pasadena area for most of her adult life and has attended every Rose Parade (except 3) since 1979. Author of over 800 published poems, she finds the pink line in the middle of Colorado Boulevard even more inspiring than a yellow brick road. She moderates the Southern California Haiku Study Group, which meets at Hill Street Pasadena Public Library on the 3rd Saturday of every month.

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      Strolling Pasadena (Photo - Sonny Premo).

      Strolling Pasadena (Photo – Sonny Premo).


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      1. marciellepresents09 says:

        (To Kitty Kroger my formerly-“snarky” friend)

        A little snark flew
        up to me.
        It was a cute little birdie
        with sad wings and
        an impish smile

        It meant no harm,
        despite its
        anger. I held
        it in
        my hand, cooed
        to it, gave it
        all my love. It
        transfigured into
        a golden

        NORTH AMERICANinformal
        1. (of a person, words, or a mood) sharply critical; cutting; snide.
        “the kid who makes snarky remarks in class”
        o cranky; irritable.
        “Bobby’s always a bit snarky before his nap”

      2. Susan Dobay says:

        I enjoyed the photos of Pasadena and the poetry.

      3. Alex Nodopaka says:

        You Never Know

        Photographing Pasadena myself
        I must’ve caught by pure chance
        a lithe body laying on a park bench.

        I feel but wouldn’t bet it was Deborah
        or was is Kathabela? Then I saw a guy
        step out from a dark alcove. He loitered

        over her spread out body. That’s when
        I recognized Gary. I didn’t know
        those three were like threesome peas

        in a Pasadena pub. I mean pod… lol
        Never know when paths cross.
        Better keep up appearances!

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