‘Bay from Berkeley’ and Other Poetry by Neal Dachstadter The Society May 24, 2015 Beauty, Culture, Humor, Poetry Bay from Berkeley Slate blue blustered inland sea Water from the rivers be Sea of salt and rain ashore Many waters, oceans roar. Slate green gusted inland sea Berkeley roof, fraternity Rising sun to light and warm Morning of a coming storm. White cap tufted inland sea Windy fog and rain and lee- ward shore, now waxing near unseen Slate of gray, thy slate of clean. Poplars Tones of the wind, and words of the tree, Stirring and blending, applauding in key, New-finished leaves, descending in green: Unblemished sheaves, extended in Spring. Democracy, in Bedford Hills Not so massive, nor too small, Not so passive, nor the brawl, Ne’er the crown and rare banal, Fair a Town, when fair the Hall. Song of the Gingko Pale and golden, one in tone Gale embolden, spun and blown Hall and vale and mere and shade Fall and trail, and beer and glade. Minted Asian, bright and bold Transplantation, sight behold Noble tree, to billions grace Global prix, to fill thy space. prix: prize in French Neal Dachstadter was born in Georgia not too far from his family’s Hereford and Angus farm. He lived in Albany, Texas and Reno, Nevada before deploying as a Chaplain to Hawijah with the Oregon, Idaho and Montana National Guard in 2005. Neal is currently the “House Dad, Philosopher & Caretaker” of the Louisiana State Chapter of DKE in Baton Rouge. Featured Image: “Berkeley Sunset,” photograph by Joe Parks. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.