Cracked Black Pepper – Poems of OB

by on July 16, 2010 · 9 comments

in Culture, Ed Decker, Ocean Beach

A jet flies over Muir Avenue
and a palm tree
scratches her belly.

I am happy to be here today
while the rain gently sweeps
the street

and reminds me that
sunshine ain’t all it’s cracked up to be,

that sunshine itself
is the consumption of sun

as lovers themselves
are the consumption of love.


I am happy to be here today
while Summer rests her weary knees

and lets the rain wash
the soot from the streets.

Let the rains wash
the congestion of our lives.

Let the rains wash
the mildew and the mud.

Let the rains wash
the odor and the throb.

Let the rains wash
the jet fuel that sprinkles like
cracked black pepper over Muir Avenue.

Tireless cascade
Black snow
Wright brothers gone terribly wrong.

By Edwin Decker
Originally published in Barzilla (and other psalms) available at

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Sunshine July 16, 2010 at 11:49 am



OB_Warzone July 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Any studies out there on the cracked black pepper and it’s damage to health? I often wonder as I wash it off my patio. I think i’ll make a sticker…..


Edwin Decker July 17, 2010 at 10:40 am

I think you can pretty much assume it’s fugging up our lungs and who knows what else. Incidentally, Cracked Black Pepper was conceived while cleaning the jet fuel from MY patio furniture. I remember thinking my deck was a salad and somebody sprinkled pepper all over it.


Frank Gormlie July 17, 2010 at 10:58 am

Jet soot is the great unknown in OB. Everybody gets it, but many don’t know it’s there or here. Nobody talks about it and it’s never been a public issue. Maybe it’s time ….


OB_Warzone July 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Maybe……I know my lemons were covered in it. They are literally black on the top half until washed off.


Frank Gormlie July 17, 2010 at 10:58 am

Ed, BTW, great, thanks, come back anytime. Got any more?


Edwin Decker July 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I have tons more, shall I send?


Patty Jones July 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Yes please!

I loved this one!


Splif McGee July 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I just noticed today a black pepper residue on my outdoor medical cannabis plant. I was trying to figure out where it came from because the black spots (which I thought at first were pest) were not pests on the leaves. Now I’m thinking it’s jet soot. Maybe that’s why MMJ is sooo strong in OB?


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