Tuesday, July 20, 2010

PeyserPoem: Many Southern Californians Are Unhappy With Library Cutbacks

PeyserPoem: Many Southern Californians Are Unhappy With Library Cutbacks

My local library in Altadena
Is a bustling, happening place.
Reducing any library’s hours
Is nothing short of a disgrace.

Why can’t businesses donate money?
And then we’ll see signs up that say,
“This library still has regular hours
Thanks to the good folks at Frito-Lay.”

This isn’t such a wild idea for our city
To perhaps try and to do.
If memory serves, there are lots of ads
Over at the Los Angeles Zoo.

--- Tony Peyser

Photo: juicyrai/Flickr

URL: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-library-20100720,0,5455407.story

Tags: library cutbacks

Thursday, May 27, 2010

PeyserPoem: East L.A. Icon Won’t Be Spared

I know that money’s tight but
It seems both sad and callous
Since the Golden Gate Theater
Was a Twenties movie palace.

Society will be doing much better
When it’s far more often found
That drugstores become theaters
Instead of the other way around.

--- Tony Peyser

Tags: golden gate theater east los angeles



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

PeyserPoem: Mission Over For Mars Lander

Incapacitated by Martian ice, the next
Such mission might go better
If familiar maternal advice were taken
And it brought along a sweater.

--- Tony Peyser

Photo Credit: ridingwithrobots/Flickr



Thursday, May 20, 2010

PeyserPoem: Whitman Loses 50-Point Advantage

Meg Whitman’s been badly bruised in this race
As increasingly effective attacks
Revealed her particularly cozy relationship
With the unpopular Goldman Sachs.

She’s been battered with so much bad news
That what occurred to me
Was how Mount Vesuvius famously buried
An Italian city in 79 A.D.

Yeah, I know, that’s a rather old reference
For me to bring up today
But Whitman’s upbeat spokesman happens
To be Sarah Pompei.

--- Tony Peyser



Photo: Toshio/Flickr

Tags: Meg Whitman, California, Governor

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

PeyserPoem: New Station Fire Investigation

Critics question the earlier probe
That point couldn’t be much clearer
Proving that where there’s smoke,
There’s also the occasional mirror.

--- Tony Peyser

Tags: Station Fire probe

Photo; kevindean



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

PeyserPoem: Guerrilla Art Will Be Taken Down

It’s such a sweet installation I’m surprised
The idea to remove it got any torque in it
Caltrans officials should rethink this plan
And just put a spoon --- or a fork --- in it.

--- Tony Peyser


Photo: waltarrrrr/Flickr

Tags: Pasadena fork


Monday, May 17, 2010

Should The 405 Be Renamed?

Maybe ... but not for Kevin Murray
A former state senator who once got
Caught cavorting with a hooker in the
John Anson Ford Theater parking lot.

For the sake of posterity, I don't think
We ought to now take a chance on
Improving the legacy of a minor official
Who often couldn't keep his pants on.