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The isle of birds – named Alcatraz:
It perches in the bay.
The birds perch there, a prison, too,
Until men went away.

The nest is there; they’ve flown the coop;
The cells decay, are bare.
But ghosts live where men came and died –
,,,A broken spirits lair.

Hilled San Francisco sits across
A tantalizing stretch
Of water cold and current strong
To tempt the captive wretch.

When free men had their festive fetes,
Their parties New Year’s Eve,
The music and the twitters winged
For celled to hear, receive.

Feared Al Capone, sick, maddened there;
Yes, many went insane.
Machine Gun Kelly said it best –
There’s nothing worth this pain.

There, Creepy Karpis crept on toes,
,,,And one bird studied birds.
He grew “Life” famous – Robert Stroud –
But died without his words.

The isle, the Rock called Alcatraz,
Was hard for hardened men.
The worst knew when they came to roost,
They’d be there till the end.

It was a cage upon the sea
From which men never flew.
All were bird men of Alcatraz
Until they paid their due.


The pictures are mine.  One is a view of Alcatraz from San Francisco.
The pink is a bed of flowers.  The other is a view of San Francisco
from Alcatraz.

*Alcatraz means birds; hence, the Isle of Birds.


© Dennis Allen Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2018.


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A faggot’s a stick picked for burning.
If you are a faggot, be turning
From wood that you are
To the Rock that won’t char
And ways that earn matches be spurning.


© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2015.


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