Rounding out DATour with Haikus

Monday, December 19

Klamath Falls –> Applegate, OR

Victor and Shari,

marvelous hosting us and

the bus in the field.

~

Dis got chance to play,

slippers and trash she frayed,

boot she took away

~

To Hobbit Fortress

We slowed down in Jacksonville,

did some time travel

~

Logistical WHOA

parking and shuttling gear

down, and under hill…

~

We made it happen

“but never again,” we say,

What a weird party…

~

Painting was finished

by children, while spliffs were smoked

individually

~

The dogs were barking,

Dis was yippy and ancy,

place was cool and weird…

~

Good to see Dylan

a late night schlepping of gear,

sleeping in the bus

Tuesday, December 20

Oregon –> Willits, CA

Picked up hitchhiker

Robyn woke up Smith River

Epic through Humboldt

~

Long drive to Willits

We made it to Shenachie

Played a tight two sets

~

Back home through traffic

Bittersweet landing for now

The Dragon at rest.

More Haikus to Portland and Klamath Falls

{Here’s the account of our weekend travel and shows up in Oregon!}

Saturday, December 17

Corvallis –> Portland, OR

Showers, breakfast, yum

Billy breakfasted with Steel

a little ether

~

To Portland we go,

Through the ice and snow on roads

not going so slow.

~

Arrived early at

The Analog Theater

We’re well received there

~

Portland vibes and scene

We rocked and rolled longer on

Stage for snowy crowd

~

JGBD Band

Brought people out in the snow

and Robyn got drunk.

~

Portland bus antics

Some recorded, some questioned,

Our friends are awesome.

~

Kyler hosted us,

Had to leave early to go

South to Klamath Falls.

Sunday, December 18

Portland –> Klamath Falls, OR

Winter wonderland

Through Willamette Pass, we stand

Beauty all around

~

Oregon mountain towns

The Dragon sure likes it here

We are sailing smooth

~

We meet with Victor,

who guides us to our parking,

Enter The Pikey!

~

We have mutual

love for this place and magic

unfolded on stage.

pay no attention to the man behind the curtain…

~

Continuing DAtour with Haikus

Friday, December 12, 2016

Ashland–>Corvallis

The Dragon, Awake,

Slumbers in Jackson Wellsprings

We head to Grant’s Pass

~

Fuel filter gasket

Air leak and no pressure in

It was pretty rough

 

Grant’s Pass re-supply

Other cars flying by us,

Had to stop again.

~

Two ravens flew high,

Blessing our safe passage

Hour to work, jam, pray

The Dragon purrs when

We arrive in the mountains

Like he’s home again

~

Over big mountain

passes, we are flying fast

Now we are late, but

~

No one arrived at

Samm’s house in Corvallis ’til

We found snowy town.

~

We played acoustic

in the warm old house, birthday

Enjoyment to all

(drunk cat.)

~

{Once we got to the snowy mountain passes of Oregon, we experienced a relatively smooth ride, experienced epic scenery, played amazing shows, meeting fun folk along the way…tell you more about it next week!}

From the Dragon’s Log: More Locational Haikus

{I was inspired to write down what transpired on this tour in the form of haikus, partly because the name #zenmountainpoets  emerged through some haikus that Billy and Victor were writing while hanging out in San Diego.  Here’s the account of the next couple days}:

Wednesday, December 14: Fairfield, CA –> Ashland, OR

Soul Christmas Music

The earth quakes, some are awake

Missing piece aligned

~

Raining on the road

Gas station to rest station

Pulled over in Weed

~

Shasta energy

palpable as we journey

into the mountains

~

Raining in Ashland

Oberon’s is warm, friendly

Fairie folk abound

~

Enjoying the sound

Gordon guides us to Wellsprings

near Bear Creek Greenspace

Thursday, December 15: Ashland, OR

Re-organ-izing

The Dragon’s wiring grounded

Toil and caring hands

~

Mechanic Billy

Anthony and Jeremy

Logistical Team

~

Near Jackson Wellsprings

so Amaris and Robyn

make the pilgrimage

~

The healing waters

Lithia and connections

Sauna, showers, yes…

~

{more to come…}

 

From the Dragon’s Log: Robyn’s locational haikus

Monday December 12, 2016

Morro Bay –> Paso Robles

Batten the Hatches

Bus surfing is key to ride

In-synch gas station

~

Paso Robles –> Sebastopol

Twenty miles per hour

Jamming music brings us pow’r

Finally landed.

~

Tuesday December 13, 2016

Sebastopol

Fuel pump research day

Friendly forces combine to

Help us play on time

~

Christmas decorates

Apple pie and coffee ate

Timmy keeps bar great!

 

Road Blues

Road Blues: An acoustic window into a window of time when we overcame the odds and made it through to play 7 shows in 9 days on the Dragon Awakens Tour.  A story told through song, freely styled and highly improvised, recorded on the bus…on our newly made-over Soundcloud !

 

All those little moments

Here’s to all those little moments~~

A shift of a finger,

A drift on the line,

A flutter of a wing,

A breath, divine

Reminders of the present, in time,

Re-members of the past,

All those little moments

Combined

For the possibility of this one.

Planning ahead, moment to moment,

Or reflecting on the past ones,

Why do I whine?

I’ve got to wash the dishes

So I can dine!

(b)Log

This is the poem that begins the blog.

An offering

A log

Given and hewn from a tree

A bone of a branch from life given freely.

Fuel for the sparks

Lighting the way through the dark.