Sunday, February 06, 2011

Vesuvio Mural

While taking a bus tour of San Francisco in the fall of 2009 we disembarked at several spots and went on a short walking tour. One was in Chinatown that I featured in my post last tuesday. Another excursion took us down some narrow alleyways where the walls were all painted in murals and stones containing some innocuous verse were embedded in the sidewalks. I stopped to take the following photo.

The verse in the mural reads:
When the shadow of the grasshopper
Falls across the trail of the field mouse
On green and slimey grass as a red sun rises
Above the Western horizon silhouetting
A gaunt and tautly muscled Indian warrior
Perched with bow and arrow cocked and aimed
Straight at you it's time for another martini

To this day I do not know if our tour guide failed to explain where we were or if I was distracted and missed the information altogether. But, when I got home I tried to look up the author of above verse with no success. I then googled the word Vesucio and got a huge surprise.

What I learned had me pounding my head and going "Duh, how stupid can you be." I had been in North Beach across the street from the famed City Lights Bookstore and this mural was on the wall of the famous coffee house "Vesuvio" that played such a big part in the good life of the Beat Generation.

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  1. The Lad and I have promised ourselves a visit to San Francisco once he is qualified. It is a prospect worth living for.

  2. Wow... I missed this spot when I visited SF early this year. This is awesome



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