Many of us love the poetry of Bill Trampleasure. This website presents many of them, and will include more over time.

To see a complete list of poems, visit the Table of Contents page.

A letter to his son after being arrested at Lockheed in 1979

In 1979, Bill was arrested at a protest against Cruise Missiles at Lockheed in Sunnyvale, CA. This was Bill’s first arrest in a protest (although he was a lifelong protestor for peace and civil rights). His middle son, Lee, had been arrested the year before at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant (near San Luis Obispo, CA). Leading to that protest, Bill drove a “sag wagon” truck that carried supplies for Lee and six other riders who rode their bicycles from Berkeley to SLO to “Pedal Out Plutonium on a Bicycle.” Bill wrote the following letter to Lee after his 1979 protest at Lockheed. Read more »

First annual Bill Trampleasure Memorial Poetry Reading

The Bill background for webTrampleasure family invites you to the first annual Bill Trampleasure Memorial Poetry reading:

November 10, 2013, 2:45 – 4:15
Community Room, Main Branch Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kitteredge St.

Bring your own poem, read your favorite of Bill’s poems, or just listen…

If you are a member of Facebook, you can see the event listed here (feel free to RSVP there if you desire).

Help us to publicize the event (everyone is invited): You can download a flyer here to post/share.

Scratch around for hope.
It’s there to be found –
in the starry roof of night,
in the fertile floor of ground.
Scratch around for hope.
It may be nearer than you think –
a phone to, or from, a friend,
a drink from the kitchen sink.
Scratch around for hope.
It’s mind boggling, I know
but even when you’re b1ue,
someone’s hope
may lie in you!

There’s something about a line of clothes no dryer can replace,
the smile of a rainbow wash across God’s white/blue face

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