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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

written by: Thomas Park



We spent a quick evening in the “City Lights” Bookstore
Rested up, boarders
In a house just off the Haight

Then it was South towards Santa Cruz
Short stop at the lighthouse

The beach was peaceful
A gentle side excursion
Between rides on the Boardwalk
After we gave coins to the fortune-teller

Your cousin served us wine
Made conversation
Her fair-haired husband returning later
(Time had little meaning)
From the waterfront,
Surfboard in tow

We spoke of moving to California
Leaving our emotional anchor
(Saint Louis)

But the millions of dollars
The earthquakes
The drought

The damp, chill sands of Santa Cruz
Remain in memory
Cool waves persist in time
Still caressing some tourist’s sandaled foot

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