12/17/05

A WALK IN THE PARK

By DK

http://www.forumbolt.com/viewtopic.php?t=467&highlight=&mforum=lonewolf

The thump, thump of a car bass goes by
The Downtown skyscrapers tower in the distance
A faded sign reads "Trinity Park"
Running a few steps ahead of my aunt
My cousins at my side,
little six year olds without a sense of danger
Running by the gym,
hearing the squeaks of new sneakers rubbing against hardwood
We peak inside to see giants race up and down
The sound of a basketball smacking against the floor
The smell of fresh sweat hangs in the air
The gym is worn out and although always in use,
looks as if nobody's been there in years
Outside, and intense soccer game on the faded grass
Shirts soaked in sweat as the players yell at each other in Spanish
The trees are uninviting and hunched over like monsters
Smoke and alcohol surround a group of youths by a ripped fence

Eleven years later and our younger cousins have taken our place
They run a few steps ahead of us,
not knowing the meaning of danger
The gym is locked tight and is covered in fresh grafitti
At dusk, the trees are threatening,
faces on them, telling you to stay away
A Mexican ranchera floats through the neighborhood,
echoing from one of the many parties on a Friday night
Our younger cousins zoom around the jungle gym,
that is seemingly out of place due to its bright shine
Nobody noticing the shiny black car with tinted windows,
or the outstretched hand clutching a metal object
Seven loud bangs accompanied by seven bright flashes
The car accelerates and the tires screech against the street
Nobody is hurt, but my younger cousins are visibly shaken
We hurry back to my grandmother's house
The parties continue, just an everyday occurence around here
Somewhere in the distance, a police siren wails,
and the thump, thump of a car bass goes by

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I GREW UP IN AND AROUND TRINITY PARK.I USED TO PLAY THERE BACK IN THE EARLY 70'S AS A KID.WHEN CLANTON&FLATS WERE TIGHT.IT WAS LIKE A FAMILY LITERARY,YOU HAD BROTHERS,SISTERS,COUSINS,UNCLES,DADS,MOMS FROM EITHER VARRIO.IT WAS KNOWN AS VARRIO LOCO(NOT TO BE CONFUSE WITH BAKERY LOCOS WHICH WERE LOCATED BETWEEN 21ST&22ND AND MAPLE AVE.LATER CLAIMING W.S.BARRIO LOCOS.THE BAKERY IS STILL THERE)NOW THE PARK HAS GONE THRU NUMEROUS FACE LIFTS BUT THE O.G.'S FROM CLANTON&FLATS(FLIPS)STILL RESIDE 23RD AND 25TH.I ALSO REMEMBER EL SANTO NINO ON 23RD AND TRINITY ST.GENERATIONS FROM THE 60'S-70'S SEE IT AS THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD.

Anonymous said...

MANY GANGS(GROUPS)CAME AND LEFT THIS AREA.YOU HAD CLANTON-14ST.LOS MIDGETS AND PRIMERA-FLATS LOS FLIPS DOMINATING THIS AREA.THERE WAS W.S.BXLOCO,ARANAS-13,CIENCIA-13,LOS VIKINGOS,28ST,SS13ST(THE LAST TWO MERGE INTO SS13ST WHICH CONSISTED OF ABOUT 15/15 MEMBERS EACH.SOME MEMBERS LIVED ON 28 & TRININTY ST.AND ASSOCIATED WITH CLANTON-14ST.DUE TO FAMILY TIES.PFLATS DIDNT GET ALONG WITH SS13ST.LILTOWN.IN THE MID 80'S WHEN PRIMERA FLATS AND CLANTON-14ST.BROKE TIES,PRIMERA FLATS LOST A GREAT ALLIED.EVERY WEEKEND AND IN BETWEEN THE WEEK THEY WERE GETTING KILL OR SHOT.YOU HAD ALL THESE LITTLE GANGS LIKE 22ST,STREET SAINTS,LOCO PARK,AND EVENTUALLY GHETTOBOYS FOR THE PARK.YOU ALSO HAD CLANTON-14ST. SS38ST.ES13 ON THEM.CLANTON-14ST. HAD KICKBACKS AND CLICAS ON 20ST.BETWEEN MAPLE AVE. AND TRINITY,25ST STANFORD AND CENTRAL AVE.,23ST MAPLE AVE.AND LOS ANGELES ST.,ADAMS BLVD AND MAPLE AVE.,29ST SAN PEDRO TRINITY MAPLE AVE MAIN,31ST SAN PEDRO TRINITY MAPLE AVE. MAIN ST.,32ST STANFORD SANPEDRO TRINITY MAPLE AVE. MAIN ST.35ST,36ST AVALON/SAN PEDRO ADAIR TRINITY WALL ST.MAPLE AVE.,47ST BROADWAY,52ST FIGUEROA,DURING THE EARLY 80'S TO EARLY 90'S.FLATS HAD 6ST AND MAPLE AVE.,23ST CENTRAL AVE.GRIFFITH SAN PEDRO TRINITY WALL ST. MAPLE AVE.AND "THE PARK",ADAMS SAN PEDRO TRINITY MAPLE AVE.,36ST MAPLE,43ST.THERE WERE MANY REASONS WHY THESE TWO BARRIO'S WHICH WERE ONCE UNITED BROKE RELATIONS.SOME SAY CAUSE SS13ST SOME SAY W.S.C14ST INTERVENTION SOME SAY NEW FACES ON BOTH SIDES AND THE LACK OF SCHOOLING ON BOTH SIDES NO FAMILY TIES FROM THESE NEW RECRUITMENT SO THEY DIDNT CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER BUT FROM THESE TWO CAME OUT A BUNCH OF LITTLE GANGS THAT ARE TRYING TO BECOME LIKE THE LATER BUT DONT KNOW THERE HEAD FROM THERE ASS.INSTEAD OF BECOMING ONE WITH THERE ORIGINATORS THEY WAR WITH THEM.NEW BOOTY'S THAT HAVE NO SAY SO IN THE PINTA AND FIND OUT THE HARD WAY.IF THEY WERE TO BECOME PART OF FLATS OR CLANT THERE BE NO MORE DISPUTES NO KILLINGS NO LOSSES AND FLATS AND CLANTON COULD RESUME TO BE THE GREAT ALLIES THEY ONCE WERE.----JUST A THOUGHT..........

Anonymous said...

I GREW UP IN THE 20'S (STREETS) BETWEEN LONG BEACH AND SAN PEDRO. MAINLY ON CENTRAL AVE. ADAMS, HOOPER. ALL THIS AREA IS CONTROLLED BY LOCO PARK NOW FLATS ARE GONE, GHETTOS ARE TOO. CLANTON BEEN EXTINCT SINCE LIKE 88'. I JUST THOUGHT THESE POSTINGS ARE PUT UP BY PEEPS THAT BEEN OUT THE HOOD FOR 10 YEARS IT SEEMS MORE EVEN. TIMES HAVE CHANGED. ALL THOSE SMALL GANGS GOT WEEDED OUT AND THE HISTORICALLY BIGGER ONES HAVE BEEN TAKEN DOWN. IT'S PRETTY MUCH THE LOKO PARKS GOING AT IT WITH THE MAYATES AS IT SHOULD BE RIGHT? IT SEEMS ALL THE OTHER VARRIOS ARE SCARED TO JOIN THE FIGHT. I'VE SEEN ALL THESE OTHER VARRIOS TRUCING WITH THE MAYATES. JUST A THOUGHT MAN, HAD TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT I'M NOT AFFILIATED SO YOU KNOW MY OBSERVATIONS ARE CORRECT.

raidernation22000 said...

I don't know how old these postings are but it seems to me Loco Park is the one on the verge of extinction. I see Primera Flats posted all over the area.

Anonymous said...

you had my attention about how "pf and c14" lost ties. but then you started talking about the unpcoming so called 1980 gangs and how much you hate them because they shoot back and dont wasnt to be any part of you...you lost me there homes.

Anonymous said...

I GREW UP ON 25TH AND MAPLE FROM 1989 TO 1999 THIS TEN YEA STRECTH WAS A EXPERIENCE THAT WORDS CANT EXPLAIN ALL THE CREZY SHIT THAT I SEEN FROM SHOOTINGS AND KILLINGS THAT HAPPENED ALMOST EVERY DAY I SEEN AND HAD FRIENDS THAT GOT OR KILLED I CAN EASILY SAY OVER 50 TO 100 I REMEMBER WHEN I MOVED TO THAT CRAZY GANG AND DRUG INFESTED NEIGHBORHOOD THE MAIN GANGS WERE WEST SIDE BOYS PRIMERA FLATS CLANTON AND THE NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK THE GHETTO BOYZ I REMEMBER WHEN FLATS AND CLANTON WERE DISPUTEINGS OVER ALL THE NEW CHICANO GANGS THAT WERE GETTING BIGGER AND BIGGER THEIR ENVY FOR THE DRUG MONEY AND TERITORY LEAD CLANTON AND FLATS TO PRESSURE THE OTHER GANGS TO JOIN THEM AND LET THEIR GANG NAME FOR EXAMPLE THE GHETTO BOYZ BE A CLICK FROM FLATS OR CANTONE AT THE SAME TIME C14 AND PF WERE DISPUTING AMONGST THEMSELVES ABOUT WHAT GANG THEY WERE TRYING TO FORCE THEM TO BE PART OF THEIR GANG MOST OF THE THE GANGS THAT THEY TRYED TO FORCE INTO THERES BECAME THEIR ENEMIES I ONLY KNOW OF ONE GANG THAT JOINED THEM AND IT WAS 23RD ST THE GHETTO BOYZ REFUSED THEIR OFFER AND OPENED THEIR DOORS TO A NEW GANG THAT KICKED ON SAN PEDRO AND ADAMS GANG TO JOIN THEM LIKE THE ADAMS BLVD GANGSTERZ MEAN WHILE THE GHETTO BOYZ WERE RECRUTING MORE AND MORE HEADS TO THEIR VARIOUS OF LIKE THE HILL ST ,27 ST, LIL LOKOS, ADAMS BLVD GANGSTERZ ,25TH ,28 ST 26ST ADAMS LOKOS THE GHETTO BOYZ TOOK OVER CLANTOE AND FLATS NEIGHBORHOODS LITTLE BY LITTLE AND MEAN WHILE FLATS AND CLANTONE STARTED HAVEING UNORGANIZE MEETING THATS RESULTED IN CONFLICT FIGHTS THAT LEAD TO SHOOTINGS THEY WERE KILLING EACH OTHER LIKE FLYS I REMEMBER WHEN ALL THIS STARTED BY THE DRIVE BYE SHOOTING THAT KILLED SPIKE FROM 23RD AND YOGIE FROM PF ON THE SAME DAY A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE IM NOT FROM FLATS BUT I KNEW PLENTY OF THEM I JOINED THE GHETTO BOYZ BECAUSE THEY WERE MORE INTO MONEY PARTYING AND BITHES THOSE WERE THE DAYS TILL JAIL BECAME A PART OF MY LIFE AND ALL THE IN AND OUTS OF JAIL MADE ME REALIZE THAT 2 NEGATIVES DONT MAKE A POSITIVE SO WHEN I CAME OUT OF PRISON I PROMISED MYSELF NOT TO GO BACK SO I CHANGED MY LIFE AND LOOK AT THE IGNORANCE THAT OUR RAZA IS STUCK ON LIKE FIGHTING FOR TERITORY AND TAGGING ON WALLSTHAT JUST MAKES YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD LOOK UGLY AND SCARY THIS IS WERE OUR FUTURE KIDS ARE GOING TO BE RAISED RAZA OPEN YOUR EYES OR END UP IN JAIL OR DEAD EDUECATE YOURSELF BECOME SOMEBODY THAT YOUR PARENTS KIDS WOULD BE PROUD OF BE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL

LARGO said...

I GREW UP IN THE HOOD PURO LOCO PARKE GANG ....I STILL BE SAYING F*** ALL THE ENEMIES THEY JUST HATING CAUSE THEY CANT HANG WITH THE KRAZY PARKEROS GANG..WE BEEN THERE SINCE THE BEGGINING AND ANYBODY WHO TRY TO MESS AROUND WITH US CUETASOS FOR THEM ON DA SERIOS...VARRIO LOCOxPARQUE 13 LOS PWEES LOCOS EL LARGO

Anonymous said...

gheto boyz didnt take over clanton it was the fools from 36st trust me ghetto didnt start beefing with them till the 2000 something by then clanton was super thin with only a handfull aster going to hard war with 36st...36st is all the way to avalon all over the numero 1 up to grand and they are still on the slausen sectionall over broadway and figueroa clanton is not even heard off I lived there 20 years

Anonymous said...

EVERYONE CAN CLAIM THEIR SIDE OF THE TRACKS AND WE ALL KNOW WHERE THE BIG SUR CENTRAL LOCO PARQUE TWENTY 2ND LOCOTES IS AT, I PERSONALY DONT LIKE TO DISRESPECT NOT UNLESS I GET DISRESPECTED BUT WE STAND OUR GROUND AND WE CONTROL OUR SIDE OF THE STREETS..MANY TRIED RUNNING US OUT AND TRIED WRITTING ON OUR WALLS BUT AT THE END OF ALL THAT BULLSHIT WE STILL STAND AND RIFAMOS OUR SIDE PURO LOCO PARQUE GANGA TWENTY 2ND LOKOTES..MR FLAKS/VSCLPR22ND LOOK US UP WE DONT HIDE LPR STAYS PARKED UP!!WANT US YOU VATOS KNOW WHERE TO FIND US.CRAZY PARQUERO LIFE..PURO LOCO PARQUE SUR 13

Anonymous said...

COME SEE USE AT ROSSNYDER PARK TEST OR DONT BANG ON MY SAID

Anonymous said...

to the person that says that loco park is on the road to extinction.you must not have been on side.that varrio still hold theirs.they are pretty thick over there and up in the 559 area.But if you are from tthe 20's area you should know that the neighborhood watch and newton trying to take it all

Anonymous said...

now stop banging through the satellites.that's pussy shit.let's keep it gangsta