SONG FRANCISCO: A Collection of Poems from my Califonia Trip

YVR AIRPORT:

weary traveller of the early morn

I see you quiet eyes

I see your faces scorn

But these customs which have come to pass

bring us all together – uniting us at last.

SAN FRAN:

This City is Poetry

So tired I don’t know up from down

trying to find my way around

loving, leaving, receiving and believing in us.

making my way in a new place

not one single familiar face

finding new friends along the way

love is, everyday.

SONG FROM LAST NIGHT:

I was meant to walk this way

to hear your song

though the way I walked was wrong

I was meant to hear your song

so long

OBSERVATIONS:

the texture of the houses

the quality of the pigeons

thickness of the smog

the price of transit

houses! oh so many houses!

music on the bus

dancing in the aisles

Directions. Perfections.

CAFE GRATITUDE: (spoken)

I don’t know if this place is a dialogue or a monologue, but it is the real live cafe. What do you love about yourself?

misery loves company and happiness creates it,

but abundance knows it was there all along.

They do have loonies in the states – I feel like a pirate with all this silver and gold!

GOLDEN GATE:

when we jump

are we falling or flying?

when we jump

are we living or dying?

have I come here by mistake

or is this a chance I was meant to take?

to let it all

fall away.

When god sends fog I choose fog.

When god sends smog I choose smog.

When love sends fog I choose fog.

When love sends smog I choose smog.

When love sends god I choose god.

NO MEANS, not now. not how.

MISSION:

Public art, redefined. The luggage tagged fence is a friend of mine.

CALIFORNYA:

I’ve been to places that don’t exist

i’ve seen faces with open lips

i’ve touched fingers that I nearly missed

and i’d do it all again

SANTA CRUZ:

I’ve got sand in my soul and sand on my soles.

I fell asleep

to an ocean of dreams

I sailed across

to a pier of belief

and I rode the wave

of possibilities

Crabs! The butterflies of love!

MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK:

“Everything is alright

let’s get fucked up and die

i’m on fire, but now I think i’m ready, to bust a move, check it out i’m rockin steady!”

“You lose so many things in this small world” – James Kirkland

WHAT A JUICY WORKSHOP!

Ho a pono pono

a pono pono

I’m so sorry

I wanna thank you

please forgive me

I love you

Ho a pono pono

a pono pono

There is nothing you can do that will make me stop loving you.

caltrain

cal train

calt rain

SUBLIME:

secondhand soundtrack on a starry night

i’ll let you be the melody that lights me inside

THE RETURN:

I bought a one-way ticket on the early morning train

because i’m going home but i’m going away

there’s a love in my heart that is here to stay

for I hold space, in every place

Goodbye!

California!

Hello!

Good Morning!

maybe later i’ll be back like a train on the track

but.

THAT’S ALL I GOT!

Circa August 16 to 24th, 2011

Hawaii!

What’s this?

Jenni’s GOING TO HAWAII?

OMG!

Hawaii

By ashmieke

I booked my flight on Sunday. The plan is to greyhound to Seattle and then fly from Seattle to Lihue Airport in Kauai, Hawaii. I leave on August 18 and return on August 26,( just in time for SFU Orientation Leader training).

I am going for two reasons. Reason One: to visit Zero One and take part in the permaculture miracles that are happening there. I envision it will be like going to the real life Super Forest. Reason Two: Surfing. That was one of my goals for the summer, although I figured i’d be going to Tofino not FREAKING HAWAII : D

This is so crazy! How did this even happen? Oh right. So at the beginning of the summer I was very lucky to have Superforest Jackson be a guest speaker at the Summer Camp I am working at currently. At the end of his talk I went to thank him for taking part and then he asked me “So, when are you coming to Hawaii?”. My initial reaction in my mind was that I’m not going to Hawaii. I don’t have the time or the money to go to Hawaii. Hawaii is not part of the plan. Then I actually started to consider it though. I do have that free week in August… I am working now and have some extra money. “It’s off season so flight are cheap” Jackson tells me.

I love how opportunities like this come along and push my boundaries and challenge me to live fuller and have grander adventures. It is so exciting.

This whole situation is still so crazy though. Why are you going to Hawaii Jenni? To stay with this dude I met off the internet and be part of his permaculture community. That’s perfectly normal right?

Maybe this situation isn’t that unusual, I mean people take trips all the time right? People go places by themselves, tons of tourists go to Hawaii every year… For me though this is pretty FREAKIN AMAZING!

Aloha Friends,

Jenni

The Grand BC Adventure Part III

The next day of our trip I thought I was sleeping in but I actual woke up feeling pretty rested at 9:30. After lunch we set out to visit my Dad’s friends Steve and Randy. They live in Glade, which is about 90 minutes away from Grand Forks. We had to take a ferry over to get to it. They were so welcoming and very accommodating. When we first got there we didn’t see them and they didn’t answer the door so we walked around back and I saw this view…

SO AMAZING! I was like wow, I never want to leave! For dinner we made a salad with stuff from the backyard that I got to help pick, so amazing! We got to talking about this nearby town Nelson that has lots of vegan cafes and whatnot. Randy showed me this book about Nelson and it had this beautiful poem in it.

My Symphony

To live content with small means.

To seek elegance rather than luxury,

and refinement rather than fashion.

To be worthy not respectable,

and wealthy not rich.

To study hard, think quietly, talk gently,

act frankly, to listen to stars, birds, babes,

and sages with open heart, to bear all cheerfully,

do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.

In a word, to let the spiritual,

unbidden and unconscious,

grow up through the common.

This is to be my symphony.

– by William Ellery Channing

For dinner everyone else (Steve, Randy, their neighbor who stopped by and my Dad) had some fancy glazed salmon but I had grilled pepper/green onion (MMMM) with dal and the salad I helped make. After we ate they took us to the local waterfall. The waterfall is where they get their drinking water from in Glade (it is non-chlorinated and non-fluorinated. I miss it already)

It was so nice to walk and be surrounded by nature. They were asking me about the music I listen to and I told them about Jason Mraz. He’s reaching even remote parts of the world now! hehe.

They were also telling me about how they met my Dad and how they tried to start this community called “Harmony Farmstead Co-operative”. Basically several families bought a piece of land and were going to live on it but then they had disagreements and it fell apart. It reminded me a bit of what SuperForest Jackson is trying to do right now at Zero One, but I think Zero One will be a major success!