Cool Don't Live Here No More: A Letter to San Francisco, by Tony Robles

The following is an excerpt from Tony Robles’s “16th and Mission Friendship Train,” from the collection Cool Don’t Live Here No More: A Letter to San Francisco.

“Having lived the life,

He now lives it out

In an electronic wheelchair


Which is his

Present day Cadillac



He sits and a friend

Stops by with

A radio


The baseline breaks

Through the static of

The old radio


An old song comes

Through, an oldie called

‘The Friendship Train’ by

The Temptations


And his eyes and

Ears perk up


And he rises

Out of that



‘Good God’ he says”