The Characturess

and The Writing Caruso – Present –                               

 

       

 

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO

A

FEW

PLACES

SEEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WRITING CARUSO               

 

Enrico Caruso

a friend of mine

Italy’s finest

of musical sound

we are of same soil

different alike

each resides in time

yet goes beyond.

 

CARUSO IL SCRITORE

 

Enrico Caruso

uno amico mio

elegante d’ Italia

de suono musica

semo della medesima terra

differentemedsime

risedere en tempo

nulladimeno va lontano.

 

Translated in The Italian by

Mary Geneva Caruso

 

THE CARUSO SONG

 

A song sung

expression of the Soul

as “cleer” as ever

reaching across

breaking through

an “emotionated” touch

expression-expressed

and re-expressed

a given gift

the last

uttered

breath.

 

THE COMPOSER

 

I feel with my heart

a  resonantial ground

so music I write

as I seen the sound.

 

Expressive forms

of inner dimensions

transcending boundaries

of outer time.

 

MUSICAL MONTAGE

 

Integral

play

one

is

the

other

and

the

music

goes

on.

 

A NEW NOTE

 

Relative motion melodic sound

one remains in place

while the other moves

away from back to one begins another.

 

Hesitation-drag hit a half-beat

inbetween a new note given

change does not create

time creates the change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSIC

 

When words spell themselves

according to their flow

striking tones of truth

movement from tone to note

turned inside out

given birth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEANING WARP

 

Riding the high wave

keep on moving

as the force is too much to stand

cross that boundary

an existential shift.

 

Each wave follows

arises spontaneously

 gathers and spends itself

in the natural flow

flowing to the ebb

being pulled back into what arises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ODE TO THE VIOLIN

 

A treble voice

voicing voiced inflection

tuned in fifths

extends three octaves

wood and strings

sound uttered through

origin not certain

Italians play notes

first Baltazarini

brothers Amati and Stradivarus

a finer tone

distinguished violinists

Paganini and Sivori.

 

Direct contradiction to

the doctrine of progress

attempts to improve it

none succeed

adapted to every kind

of music

the most beautiful voice

a natural singer

wondrous performance

on a single string.

 

 

 

TOUCHED

 

Upon

the

right

note

animation

begins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAGGEDY ANN

 

Most precious heart

live on

live on

live forever

in my heart

together love

touching each

little girls heart

giving universal love

I cry each time

I look at you

as you touch

my heart

your just a real doll.

 

 

 

 

 

MONA LISA SHOWN

 

Face of

a Madonna

beauty and expression

of delightful contemplation

as The Mother

shines through

signified by

the presence

color and pattern

painted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEBORAH DANCE

 

Wicked “Straking”

deliberate sure moves

continuous

disciplined spontaneity

working images

out of interwoven

displayed meaning.

 

 

 

 

EVER-CHANGING

 

I hear the night

the foghorns blow

the ocean roars

the morning’s clear.

 

 

 

THE SAN FRANCISCO POEM

 

City for dreamers

poetic thought

ocean’s fresh feeling

spirits abound

the western edge

creative space

I will live

no other place.

                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AT-ONE

 

Across the sand

beyond the surf

over the waters

till the horizon

then we see

ocean and sky

deep within

blue is blue.

 

THE OCEAN

 

A continuous motion

ebb and flow

adventurous freedom

you cannot see the other side.

 

A keen eye can see

the subtle enchantment

as the Sun strikes the crest of the wave

a fiery mist appears.

 

SEAGULL

 

Flying sideways across the sky

effortlessly winging turn and glide

watchful eyes keep all in sight

what am I doing living life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INBETWEENNESS

 

As-yet unknown

where the poet skates

on glassy edge

the far side of here

on this side of there

a corridor of originality

inbetween the ocean and the sand

on the edge of the world.

 

ODE TO THE FISHERMEN

 

Weathered leather

struggle

daily

fresh fish

offered

from which

“my” nets

have swept in.

 

ODE TO THE CORAL SEA

 

Elegant lady very proud

we call her Coral Sea

Coral Sea, Coral Sea, CVA 43

she goes away

to return

Coral Sea, CVA 43

over the waters

traveling by day into night

Coral Sea, Coral Sea, CVA 43

I’ve spent sometime with her

you see

Coral Sea, CVA 43.

 

 

 

 

GOLDEN GATE PARK

 

Where mountains and ocean meet

the last frontier

a place to get lost

yet find yourself.

 

GOLDEN GATE GARDNERS

 

Caretakers

tend nature’s spirit

to establish and maintain

this pleasant and perfect place.

 

SPRECKLES LAKE

 

A reflecting pond

where people gather

for the Sun brings new vision

of warmth and life

“It’s almost 10:30”

a person says

pointing to a shadow

cast by the Sun.

 

SUTRO HEIGHTS

 

An outreach

of the Golden West

gives vision

as far as one can see

overlooks the Cliff House

and Seal Rocks

weathered many a storm

at ocean’s edge.

 

 

 

 

THE CABLE CAR

 

Most famous landmark

climbing to the stars

grip and release

at will

a characteristic

San Francisco Sound.

 

VERDI

 

Traditional Italian

strong expressive feelings

“Singer’s Opera”

celebrated son

dramatic composer

sparkling melody

striking effects

stage action characters

“Verismo” ability to

speak directly

to the heart

undiminished in time.

 

IN HONOR OF

LUCIANO PAVAROTTI

THE VOICE

 

Of all tenors

I like

Rodolfo in

La Boheme

creativity it is

you bring

others to

what you were given.

 

 

 

 

 

ODE TO THE RESTAURANT

 

Cloth table-cloth

setting found

tasteful dining

selective wines

authentic care

service being there.

 

THE IMPERIAL PALACE

 

Selected dinners

the palace

of delight

as tradition

would have it

this is right.

 

JULIUS’ CASTLE

 

Romantic restaurant

on Telegraph Hill

white linen

flowers

candlelit dining

view must

go to sea.

 

THE IRON HOURSE

 

In Picturesque

Maiden Lane

intimate atmosphere

Italian and Continental

expertly prepared

a stable image

so kick up your heels.

 

THE BLUE FOX

 

Celebrated

favorite

appointment

attention

Continental

elegance

International

skill.

 

THE SHADOWS

 

German

explication

displaying

quality

there-being

distinctive

style

disclosed.

 

L’ETOILE

 

French

charming elegance

atop Nob Hill

lively

exclusive

magnificent

style.

 

LA MERE DUQUESNE

 

French

very elegant

the classic

European

thoughtful seen.

 

 

CLIFF HOUSE

 

Established location

on scenic edge

eighteen fifty

a historic place

romantic appeal

in spite of change

all come to visit

this enchanted space.

 

THE CHARACTURESS

AND THE WRITING CARUSO’S NUMBER ONE

 

ENRICO’S

 

Dining al fresco

San Francisco’s sidewalk café

late hour rendezvous

street side intrigue

an International scene

old world cuisine

after dinner brandy

warmed by lemon scented steam

occasional Violin entoned moments

while unlikely matched guests

discover life

at table’s edge.

 

WASHINGTON SQUARE BAR AND GRILL

 

A first writer’s place

nourishment with kindred spirits

“So! San Francisco!”

the revolving players’

piano seat

legendary saloon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NORTH BEACH RESTAURANT

 

You can feel Italy

bay leaves and garlic

very fine food

prepared individually

as a play set to music

and sung

come to the feel and taste

of this International place.

 

MAMA’S

 

A family affair

favorite

Sunday morning breakfast

fresh fruit

confections

other created

specialities

each and every day

Washington Square

with Love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA TRAVIATA

 

Sanctuary of “The Voice”

for Italianated Musica Parlante

warmth and verve

a restaurant for that one special night 

Verdi’s inspiration alive in a native son

Pavarotti’s San Francisco choice.

 

Across the room their portraits hang

each diner embraced

in operatic theme

sights, sounds and smells

Prosto!

 

VENETO’S

 

Authentic Grotto

friendly warm

gracious dining

intimate surround

displayed collection

very fine dolls

floating gondola

operatic tone.

 

RISTORANTE

ORSI

 

Northern Italian

cuisine

unsurpassed

cannelloni

delectable

splendor

first choice

gourmet’s delight.

 

 

VINCE’S

 

Pizza House

olive oil a speciality

authentic Italian style

beer/wine

Italian dishes

open late hours

eat here

or go.

 

GOLD MIRROR

 

Image image

what will appear?

your being there

will bring

an Italian dinner

wine

a fine time

you have to see.

 

THE BUENA VISTA

 

San Francisco’s famous bar/restaurant

most frequented corner café

Beach and Hyde

hillbottom changeover

Cable Car turnaround

spectacular wharfside vision

Golden Gate Bay scene surround

shoppers, lovers and locals

stream in like waves

one after the other

only to find

kindred spirits come alive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USS EAGAL CAFE

 

Waterfront landmark

of old San Francisco

Rom’en Aquila

old timers’ haunt

history sustained

and nourished every day

a keen eye can see

this is the place to be.

 

FISHERMAN’S GROTTO NO. 9

 

Long-time

standby

fresh daily

fish

the Wharf

at best.

 

THE BEN JONSON

 

In the Cannery

special rooms

from

William Randolf Hearst’s Estate

the poet’s

veritable words

“Ay all choice”

“Bread, wine acates, fowl, feather, fish or fin.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERRY’S

 

On Union street

in Cow Hollow

a New York life bar filled

with San Francisco skill

esconded setting

prestigious place

waiter-service

a tradition

meet the favored competitors

of the annual street fair

waiters race

breakfast, lunch, dinner

or weekend brunch

the local in-spot

memorable events

preserved by

once familiar

sign covered walls.

 

THE DELI

 

Victorian setting

stained-glass

garden patio porch

variety and quality

dine or carry.

 

LIVERPOOL LIL’S

 

Muted-light intrigue

near the Presidio’s

eastern gate

pub-like camaraderie

ales and stouts

entrees prepared.

 

 

 

 

 

TAJ MAHAL

 

“What brings you here?”

to cross a barrier all so inviting

step beyond the holding parlor

into muted warmths aromatic glow.

 

Nested together in darkened seclusion

safely shielded behind beaded drapes of time

sitar soothing spirit sound

visions of butterflies’ lilting flight

crimson reflections dancing on velveted wall.

 

Appears the creator

long-established home of repose

for an Indian Deva whose soul can see

its own true vision reflected

in a sacred temple come to life.

 

Spiritual dining

steam steeping warmth

a taste of mystery will linger on.

 

Reappears the journeying soul

hot spice tea prepared

with untold futures resting

at the bottom of the cups.

 

Caressed by destiny in unmet moments

deeply nourished by serenity’s calm

crossed boundaries again

high arched gates adorned by Taj

opened and released by Joy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GOOD KARMA

 

The

Vegetarian’s

Vegetarian

restaurant

the

oldest

and

purest

epicurean

delight.

 

GREENS

AT FORT MASON

 

Simplicity

and

elegance

reflects

the

bent

of

direction.

 

TIA MARGARITA

 

Traditional prelude

a margarita

quality food

Tia special

warm hospitality

attentive service

you only leave

to return.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MISSION VILLA

 

The place

the place

oldest Mexican restaurant

since 1906

you will find

no other

as unique.

 

PAM PAM EAST

 

Around the clock

dining

choice and variety

mid-city heart life

relaxed atmosphere

cocktail lounge

adorned by

Enrico Caruso’s trunk.

 

In Remembrance of

DELANCY STREET

 

A garden setting

on Union Street

the place to eat

the service is neat

indoor/outdoor a real treat

unexpected meaning

alive alive

changing waiter/waitresses

cooperative family style.

 

 

MCDONALD’S

 

Chain of respect

we’re always your’s

wherever you are

you know

what you eat

an event going on

that’s neat.

 

LE BEAUJOLAIS

 

Very intimate

personal charm

exceptional quality

the Bistro

a la heart.

 

CAFE MOZART

 

Service

appointments

delightful setting

splendid food

concerting imagination

with distinction.

 

MARCEL AND HENRI

SELECT MEATS INC.

 

Superlative pates

discriminating taste

finest charcuterie

very established

Gourmet.

 

BOUDIN SOURDOUGH

 

A San Francisco Tradition

Sourdough Fresh.

 

HOLY CITY ZOO

 

Comedian’s

performing or not

new and established

spawn and return.

 

THE BOARDING HOUSE

 

Variety of talent

International names

Continental

preference with taste.

 

 

 

OWL AND MONKEY CAFE

 

The Coffeehouse

distinctive style

beer/wine

salad, quiche

lasagne, enchilada

poetry, music

pleasant casual

a nightly happen.

 

THE OTHER

 

Waiting for

the trolley

you look across

the street

fifteen people there

you are here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE COMEDIAN

 

The

one

that

is

crazy

and

understands.

 

 

 

 

 

MIME

 

Ludicrous actions

gestures such farce

inversely

brings

presence forth.

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN HORTON COOPER

THE PAINO MAN

 

Thinking music fingers

it all plays on

legendary

old-time

saloon playing piano man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS

 

Sailor of sailors

Italy’s dignified Genoa son

eager to pass the bounds of

existing knowledge

sailed the seas three ships one

Santa Maria, Pinta, Nina

gazing earnestly ahead

plainly saw a lovely land

discovered America 1492

named the Indians

guiding light for spirits

sailing seas

Prosto!

 

CITY WITHIN A CITY

 

Invisible

yet real walls

separate

Chinatown

from the City

around.

 

ODE TO USF

 

Unity in diversity

a common ground

scholarship and dedication

quality abound

inward, outward, backward, forward

creative freedom

value and respect

in the spirit of love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LONE MOUNTAIN

 

Most revered

 San Francisco’s

El  Divisadero

the point from which

one can see far.

 

ST. IGNATIUS

 

First struck by morning Sun

beauty shown

first draped and obscured

by San Francisco Fog

singular presence

in the City of many.

 

THE FAIRMONT

 

Rooftop legend

The Crown Room

“around” the City view

elegantly in accord

with San Francisco’s

ever-changing seen.

 

THE MARK HOPKINS

 

Open-winged

spectacular tower

number one Nob Hill

the top of the Mark

to toast the town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VESUVIO CAFE

 

Lively colorful

San Francisco beat

designed and created

unique.

 

THE HAIGHT

 

Where ideals preceed

and style remains.

 

THE OPERA

 

From the Italian

dramatic music

the Word

acquires meaning

buffa, seria, mezzo seria

a measureless virtuality

the music of music.

 

LA OPERA

 

Della dramma Italiana

per musica

La parola

prende sentimento

buffa, seria, mezzo seria

una vigoria sensa tempo

La musica

della musica

 

Translated in The Italian by

Mary Geneva Caruso

 

 

 

 

 

ANCHOR STEAM BEER

 

“Gimme an Anchor”

a founding

San Francisco Sound

unique distinctive flavor

exclusive royal choice

original special process

attended spirit.

 

 

THE BAY BRIDGE

 

Cross current

somewhere

inbetween

in coming over

undercurrent flow

each participates

locating two

coming into

existence

near or far.