Coastal Wanderers

in the blaze of the summer heat, drips
of sweat rippled down our smooth skin backs.

we set out for adventure along the Pacific coast,
the four of us squeezed in a compact sedan.

sisters laughing, shouting, nowhere else to be.
engaging winding hair-pin turns, honking,

speeding, and slamming on the brakes
as the afternoon sun scorched the town.

we reveled in the sights, mountainsides, sea
cliffs, the endless shore; such views we’d never

seen before or soon forget. we eventually reached
the city of angels, the city lights; the most memorable

trip of our lives sailed through those late nights. we
often walked in a daze, both night and day.

a trip we still laugh about, the screams belting out
winding down the coast, and how close we were

to the end of it all…

In Your City

Originally published in Clay Literary’s RAVEN: https://www.clayliterary.com/post/raven-issue-seven-08-30-2020

eyes squeeze shut all at once with
wishes whispered under breaths to be
anywhere else, anywhere cooler than

the constant heatwave of near 100 degrees.
Toes dip into makeshift sandy beaches
along the city’s river while children

play in water fountains next to erected sandcastles.
But here in my city, it’s another monotonous
day. I am wide-eyed making 11:11 wishes to be

with you in your city, your heatwave, along your river,
walking the streets when it’s your midnight.
My sweat drips waiting for you to wipe it away.

I’m waiting for the days where we open windows
to a gentle breeze and kick away the sheets for relief.

hollywood nights

We circled the streets under
Hollywood stars to see the Hollywood sights.
Stood in lines behind velvet ropes
on those Hollywood nights.

Stayed out til dawn
& hit the beach
to realize the perfect dream
is still within reach

Santa Monica days led us to
Huntington Beach & Dana Point;
surfing, whale watching
then hitting the latest joint

The times of our endless Summer;
hitting the road, not looking back.
We gave it our all
until time ran out.

Dancing in the yard

Image credit: Andrey L

It was a long summer afternoon
a crackling fire lit the yard
the southern sun was setting
while I strummed my old guitar

It was her way of moving to the music
she captured the glowing cinders in her eyes
she danced with the slightest sway in her hips
and her heavenly body torched my skies