My poetry micro-chapbook, Journey,
is now available from Origami Poems Press (2019).

Special directions:
how to download, save, print,
and fold the chapbook.

Journey - CVR

From Los Angeles to Vallejo and Back

 from Los Angeles …

Angelenos drive
slowly through the pouring rain
no longer racing

red-winged blackbirds sing
together in Tejon Pass
the rain stops falling 

to Vallejo 

red-breasted robin
on the rooftop after rain
singing to a friend

no old woman here!
eyes sparking with youthfulness,
she laughs everyday

three brothers drinking
before nine in the morning
I’ve seen this before

in a sudden storm
hail breaks hard on my windshield
the road disappears

my lover leans back
his eyes meeting mine like doves
drawn to the river

my love is with me
quietly talking at night
intimate whispers

my lover draws close
our hearts sing without touching,
kiss without kissing

I stand with Stacey
on the pier and look across
the water at the white boat

the bridge spans the Bay
from Benicia to Crockett
view from the Dead Fish

three children painted
in bright colors yesterday
picture them smiling!

moon sets at sunrise
in pale pink, purple, and blue
as we walk and pray

my grandmother’s heart
is being opened today
a new pacemaker 

… and back

pink blossoms
sunlight on green grass
swaying in the wind 

snow-capped peaks
greening mountainsides
spring is near

jb

***

for Miguel
you are the perfect lover for me

***

Journey (Origami Poems, 2019)

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