Thursday, February 21, 2013

Stockton Redeux

In Berkeley we played in alleys,
Ivy covered, with steps on steep hills;
Sliding down grass slopes in boxes
While ‘egg head’ fathers paid the bills.

On Oahu, we ran like natives,
Barefoot from store to shore;
"Hawaiians" from Samoa,
Taught us "Sailor speak" galore. 

In Carmel, we followed movie stars;
Riding waves on a white sand beach.
Embarrassing clarinet lessons,
Pushed me far from my parent's reach.

In Stockton, we lived with farmers,
My friends, both Okies and Mexican…
Oh that I could gather them all,
To reside in the delta again.

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