I like to stand along the waterfront and watch as the waves advance and recede. Sometimes, as I observe the ebb and flow of the San Francisco bay, I suddenly feel overwhelmed by the vastness of the world before me. Standing at the intersection of urban development and nature’s great abyss, I realize how small I am — and that realization frightens me. The growing roar of the crashing waves threatens to deafen me, and the unceasing sea wind chills me to my bones. I shiver as I spy a dark gray monster of a cloud creeping ever closer, smothering the last bits of light as the sun descends toward the horizon. I’m bathed in shadow. … Until, suddenly, a few stray rays of light break through the clouds. And, with the light, the water’s deafening roar fades to a whisper, and the wind’s biting chill feels like a cool sea breeze. Despite the cacophony of nature that surrounds me, I feel at peace. — (photo © Reggie Ballesteros Photography) (Instagram: @reggiebphoto)
I don’t / Know what lies past / The corner, beyond the / Dark twilight…
From here, everything / Resembles scurrying ants; / I’m invincible.
Looking up at the / Steel and glass giants, I can’t / Help but feel so small.
The bus pulls up to the terminal stop. The driver stares at me as I linger outside the open door. “Where are you going?” he asks me.
The city’s submerged in cold, / A lovely sight to behold.
I wake up. Another dawn, another morning, another day.
As usual, time has caused the dissolution of many things. And our relationship had fallen victim to time’s cruelty, as she grew up and we grew up and as I got married, moved out of Vallejo, and started a life of my own…
In the early moments of the evening, the city wakes up from its workday coma. One by one, minute after minute, the office buildings’ front doors up and down the Financial District and SOMA open, and the professionals of San Francisco spill out onto the sidewalks.
He’s a true indoor dog. Yes, we take him out for walks — mainly for exercise, since he’s paper-trained. And to socialize him with the Emeryville neighborhood dogs at our apartment complex’s dog park.