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Muni Poetry - Frank H Buck on the Rocks (2 Clement)

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This article is part of a poetry series dedicated to every Muni route in San Francisco. You can find the poet, Mc "Mack" Allen, on twitter at @that_mc.

 

Frank H Buck on the Rocks (2 Clement)

This Car Direct
To the Tanker
Frank H Buck
On the rocks.

There are the remains
of Frank H Buck
built at Union Iron Works:
she quickly became
accustomed to calamity
and was pressed to
wartime service.

Fog bound at the gate,
she crossed course with
President Coolidge
of Dollar Lines,
and though the crew
came safely to the shore,
Frank H Buck
has finally come to rest
at Mile Rock Beach
beside Lyman Stewart,
her patient sister.

Ride the 2 Clement
from the ferries
to Lands End,
Point Lobos and Sutro Baths
direct to the tanker
On the rocks.

Footnotes to the poem: This poem was inspired by a photo from 1937 of the 2 Clement, at that time a streetcar operated by the Market Street Railway. The 2 Clement rails ran all the way across the city to Sutro Baths, rather than terminating at Park Presidio Blvd, as the Muni bus route does today.

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