In case you didn’t read it in the recent St. Helena Star…
“Like many locals I love reading the St. Helena Police Log — a true snapshot of this wonderful and quirky place we live in or call home. The entries can be funny, such as “A domesticated, banded pigeon had been hanging around someone’s driveway for days.” Or they can be sad or even tragic: “An 8-year-old boy was reported missing.” When I spend time reading through the archives I am often struck by the repetition of themes: loud noises, drinking, odd behavior, fearful actions, missing people and pets, vandalism. Many other themes range from touching to quite frightening. From “An officer removed some pumpkins from the roadway” to “Prowlers on Vineyard Avenue.”
Taken together, these entries form a story about a unique place and its people, and as a poet and short-story writer, I am intrigued and compelled by these very human tales.
Here is a short poem based on actual “Log” entries that, taken together, might tell a story about a relationship that may have seen better days.
Nude woman rakes
Toy gun pointed
Man reports —
by Tim Carl
(Tim Carl grew up in St. Helena (Class of ’84). Left to join the Navy, came back, married a girl from Rutherford and then went to school. He ended up getting his Ph.D. in biology and becoming a Fellow at Harvard. Later, in 2006, he started Knights Bridge Winery. firstname.lastname@example.org)”