Monday, June 11, 2018

San Francisco Blocks — Around Union Square with Amos Gregory

photo © Mark Butkus 2018
Finding Amos Gregory in a San Francisco alley.

"The road to peace is
narrow and long,
Amos Gregory wrote upon
an alley wall in 2017,
but my conviction is strong.
Upon it's path do my feet belong."

The homeless guy in
feces-stained peach slacks
who collects empty bottles
agrees with Amos Gregory.

The four Asian schoolgirls
who pose for each other's phone
against the backdrop of his words
agree with Amos Gregory.

"The road to peace is
narrow and long,
Amos Gregory wrote upon
an alley wall in 2017,
but my conviction is strong.
Upon it's path do my feet belong."


—  Mark Butkus


Around Union Square with Amos Gregory is one of 86 poems written during a day's walk in San Francisco — one poem for each block walked that day.