Bear Grylls video about the spiritual elements of my survival in Joshua Tree
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written with the help of los angeles magazine feature writer Mathew Segal, the article previews my book about my life altering desert adventure.
I thought about very few things in this canyon.
2011 Richard by Ed Rosenthal
He wasn't like us.
That soft boy
in pressed trousers
who passed us at the fence
walking alone up to the concrete platform
for the train to Manhattan
There he must have read books
With embossed gold leaf covers
and learned things we never would
and run across the sunny plaza
off the fresh and bright avenue
with the other fine boys with soft manners.
Boys we’d never meet.
Maybe that's why fifty years ago
When Donny told us to
Meet at the park
when a bunch of us guys surged
against the grey wire fence
of the make believe dugout
by the imaginary line
of the black asphalt park
and I saw him outside the fence
strolling toward the station
with his leather mahogany case
I pointed him out to Donny
“ That kid said you’re a moron."
The desert made me think about ghosts:
Ed Rosenthal January 2011· Off "Got Poetry" website Prompts
Shadows stretched to listen in the night
for indications of emotions in dear ones
known before turning to ethereal beings
and leaving their mass behind.
Laying on top of a couple
they hung out with before,
they mixed to a black cover
over the white metal table
warmed by red heat lamps,
where their old friend sat.
Uninvited and clandestine,
they rustled over the rolling
sleeve lifting the coffee cup
to his lips.
Last Urban Marketplace Poem March 2011 for Jan Perry by Ed Rosenthal
celebrates creativity in re-creation of Central Avenue
Driving down Central Ave seeing the affordable patios float above the new Fresh and Easy I feel pride
While fighting the blues with these Market housing debus–I was so moved to hear grandmothers cry at one opening
I Believe we’re blowing a riff off the jazz notes that lingered over Central when local musicians were on the rise
The fact is Central Ave efforts are a lattice of Saxophone style aggression and imagination in the player’s eyes
If kids in strollers are dealt dead community cards that’s low but here people with jobs and homes can live and grow
Neighborhood boosts are the hoot of global LA rank the lyrics of compassion ring out larger than LA LIVE
Jump to join public routes and expand Expo so no windshield will witness the wetlands at Avalon and 54th
Restore Paul Williams gem 1010 Jefferson built in the historic times when the beat of the avenue roared
Creativity! is the key now that the band in the fertile ground downtown stopped blasting “the housing for all” score
As a focused conductor now with no solos the tunes task is to praise projects helping whole local areas revive
To create harmony above the scratchy budget chords over which our notes of housing jobs and history must soar
That how in each neighborhood we can turn green and build the brainy dreams on which our limited resources ride.
The Homeless are Here to Stay The Council Said It Today The County Said It Yesterday
The Homeless are Here to Stay Not in All Districts No Way Only Downtown They Say
Sleeping on Sidewalks? Okay! Anywhere in L.A. Any day! The Council Said That Today
may not be an accurate statement