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California

California

A Poem by lovelymarina
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Edited by the skilled, Richard W. Jenkins.

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  California….


Remember …

when we left California,

drove that

bright blue four-wheeler

over to New York,

where aspirations

of too many

faded away in sullied fog,

so dolefully

clouding our visions?


I find myself there

a little too often, now.


I guess …

vivid pictures

'neath big bright lights

feel all too familiar;

because,

it’s where I know I can find You.


The lights …

seem to work

hand-in-hand with my lover.

Unfortunately,

they never shut-off;

everyone says

it’s the city that never sleeps,

where dreamers dream;

   where despaired souls roam.


You …

just happen to be another piece of life

we all wish we could turn-off,

just once in awhile.


It’s hard …

to appreciate beauty

where everyone lives;

everyone loves.


I, sometimes, think,

"Going back to California

would feel more like home;

because, you see …

too many

have plunged in this place,

where we throw bills

at the wealthy …

change at bagmen."


It’s unfair,

          unfair,

             unfair …

but, you wouldn’t leave;

won't come home with me.


If,

we could all have our way,

I’d navigate

that place of steel,

swiftly, through the lost tunnel,

taking you to a new horizon

on the golden coast,

where we'd dance in that small den …

making love,

without the noise.


You’re lost in New York …

I’m strutting streets,

throwing change at bagmen

in my tall, red penny loafers,

with a man

who loves a world

   that loves back.


I’ll appreciate, dear,

puddles we stand in

on this sidewalk …

where the incubus is far,

but also near.


And, maybe, 

           just maybe,

I’ll see California again

… in my dreams.

© 2022 lovelymarina


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This is nicely, sweetly written. Very sad though. I hope you get back there.

Posted 1 Month Ago


lovelymarina

1 Month Ago

Thank you for your review! :)

Marina
Well, being from southern California and now living in Spain for the past year or so I definelty connected with your poem.
Really enjoyed the read.
Lisa

Posted 1 Month Ago


lovelymarina

1 Month Ago

Thank you, Lisa. I'm glad you enjoyed :)

Marina
Lisasview

1 Month Ago

You are most welcome,
Lisa. now in Spain
I feel this write so deep, as i moved clear away from my hometown.
This is wonderful, so full of feeling


Posted 3 Months Ago


lovelymarina

2 Months Ago

Thank you dearly!

Marina
I really love this. I feel like I can connect from the opposite side. My frequent moving making my love life quite difficult.

Posted 4 Months Ago


lovelymarina

3 Months Ago

Thank you for your kind review and i’m glad you could connect…
Xx
Marina
"Heads Carolina, tails, California, somewhere greener, somewhere warmer...." Jo Dee Messina

I've never been to California or New York. But I love my Appalachian Mountains. The only place I've been that reminded me of home was the Ozarks in Arkansas. I traveled the south and some of the Midwest as far as Colorado. The Rockies were too cold and aloof for me. That's also the farthest north I've been. I used to deliver furniture for a living across the south. The big cities I've been to didn't hold much appeal for me. I'm just a southern country boy and a hillbilly river rat. I love your descriptions and the nostalgic feel of this piece. This was a great write and I enjoyed reading. F.

Posted 4 Months Ago


lovelymarina

4 Months Ago

Hahaha. I couldn't be more opposite. I'm a true city girl. Thanks for the kind review again.
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I felt exactly like this when I left Alabama for northern Illinois and a man who promised a bright future. It was never home, and he was not my future. While I would never want to live in California, or New York, the longing for home is the same. And you capture it with such emotion, such poignancy. Just remember... if he loves you, he won't make you stand in a puddle. He will keep you warm, safe, and dry!

Posted 6 Months Ago


lovelymarina

6 Months Ago

I wish that clicked in my brain. Maybe “home” isn’t always a good place. Thank you for the lov.. read more
Wonderful imagery in your well written write, nicely done. enjoyable read

Posted 6 Months Ago


lovelymarina

6 Months Ago

Thank you dearly for your kind review!
Marina
But you wouldn't leave
and come home with me

And that must have been incredibly painful to find your lover preferred another city. This poem tells a story and is filled with nostalgia. The story a common one, two people on the same path and then it diverges. 'home' is where the heart is, and if he ain't there, then it's not really home. Felt this one marina. Yes, felt it deeply.

Chris

Posted 6 Months Ago


lovelymarina

6 Months Ago

Thanks again for your lovely review, Chris. I’m glad you captured the nostalgia in this one.
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lovelymarina

6 Months Ago

Much love!
Marina
This is incredibly creative writing & I was transfixed thru it all. Be honest, I tend to drift on a longer poem like this, but I was all there with this one. The details of your imagery tell a story all its own. I love how your style is a little abstract & ephemeral, but mostly straightforward, dig-in-your-heels authentic (((HUGS)))

Posted 6 Months Ago


lovelymarina

6 Months Ago

And this was an incredibly rewarding review to receive from you! I appreciate the raw and honest opi.. read more

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