Stephen Linsteadt - Artist - Poet - Writer
After dharma bums danced naked
around bonfires seeking Buddha
in Hershey bars and celibate orgies,
Stinson Beach spawned tattoos
and elbows lost in Cheetos bags.
Bright colored umbrellas accent the shoreline
blocking glare from iPhone screens
the latest issue of Psychology Today.
Dharma bums no longer wallow in sand
to prove the crystal truth of compassion.*
They are either getting drunk
with butchers in the city*
or are now too old to care.
* paraphrased from Dharma Bums, J. Kerouac
Stephen Linsteadt is an artist, writer, and poet. His creative work is an ongoing exploration into the study of cosmogony, alchemy, and the archetypal symbolism of Carl Jung. He has published poetry as well as articles on health, consciousness, and emotional well-being.