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We were pilgrims to the great city 
one who's culture is globally abundant 
all types live there 

Big name giants 
Equal minded intellectuals 
Rights activists aplenty 
Kings of poetry and literature 
Envious dealers of intensity 
Laymen wishing to emulate 
Espresso madmen doing caffeinated jigs
Young men smoking and drinking life 

We traveled by metal camel 
roars replaced by motor-sounds 
unpacked and unassuming 
went from one seller of books 
to the next 
increasing our brains 
our addiction 
for the word, the line, the 
rhyme, the poetry of the greats 
that we love and revere 
they speak to us still 
even though many are long disposed 
by their own hands, others or
natural fire escapes.
Still we learn from them 
the best class in town
Kerouach, Burroughs, Bukowski 
Ginsberg, Plath, Frost, Yeats, 
Rumi, Hafiz, Elliot, they 
and others are all invited 
once consumed by the crowd 
advice given by Pot-Dealer
not the drug, the ceramic 
college education a must 
he says-for sure 
I say-summary of course 
Black Man with sign yelled 
at by stressed out White 
fed up with himself no doubt 
we backlash to "Pakistan-India"
the food amazing down our 
throats, our voices speaking 
of amazing things. We bounce 
off of each other as two 
friends should. We relate 
and yet inspire each other 
in our own unique way 
we have a distinct voice 
so did Rumi and Shams 
yet we, like them 
embrace the world with 
our similar views and passions 
Fruit that shine different shades 
yet shine united 
in the cool California sun 
Differences can be united 
Friendship can cross all 
bounds of material fences 
this is why this pilgrimage 
is perfect. United together 
and with the world. All 
expressing our very real dance 
with the universe. 

For Ross.

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  1. Date: 11/3/2009 9:36:00 PM
    Colin, Colin, Colin.. this will be the one to make you famous. GREAT poem, I am very glad to be part of it, thank you, (for including me and for a great poem to end the night). We deffinently must do it all again. Wow, you seemed to captured everything in this poem!