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No Room on the Moon!

Dreamed 2014/7/7 by Chris Wayan

Dozens of people riding in a crescent moon like a boat; dream sketch by Wayan.
Dozens of people riding in a crescent moon like a boat; dream sketch by Wayan.
Dozens of people riding in a crescent moon like a boat; dream sketch by Wayan.
Thread through crowds on Fisherman's Wharf,
then hike alone up Pacific Heights. Tired at last
of mansioned streets stair-steep, I long to ride
the crescent moon home--cratered hide,
ten yards bow to stern, nautilus-gliding up our hills.
Muni buys the old moons cheap; refurbishes
Rusty smiles. Bananapeel to old-bone pale
depending on the smog back when. No squeals,
no pothole wear. Moons need no wheels;
swing low.

It's a big tourist draw, though, the moon.
Long lines. I limp across to the west side
of this fourlane to the moonstop zone.
But I'm shouted back. "No room!" they say.
"Three-month waiting list!" That's new--
they've limited the line to two hundred (more
or less) and sold out all the tix online.
Although

Here, a "month" now just means an or-
bit round the City (Line 28),
and lots of Muni lunas run the loop; no more
(they claim) than a 13-minute wait
unless moons herd gregarious as bus, fish, deer,
those transitory nouns. Three moons?
I could hoof it home by then from here!
Resent. Resent.

Can't blame a horde that loves the town I do.
But Muni's shift excludes us impulsive few
local oddballs left--exhibits in the zoo.
And I fear Luna's not the lone
civic jewel pried from crown--
wrenched from right work (helping walkers,
quelling motor-plague) to milking gawkers.
Cablecars, museums, streetlife, government--
All bent. All bent.

The crescent moon descends. Tourists shuffle on.
And on. And gone.

NOTES IN THE MORNING



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