poet l.a.ureate

my lover is los angeles
like this city i haven't even begun to know all of him
he's as far away as inglewood from the san fernando
valley where i grew up
burning my skin in the smogged sun
enticing as that fallen star skyline as glamorous untouchable
and yet i'm touching him
curled up naked against the cellphone in his back pocket
"calm down" he tells me "breathe"
cradling my neck in his hand holding me so i can see us
he's the dodgers he's a palm tree
he's the mountains surrounding me
that brutal sun
and a large dark sea waiting at the horizon to engulf
and cool
i get lost on his freeways
his lights blind me doubling my vision
red green and yellow blurred by cataracts in my eyes

i see a rainbow on the 405
a house with room for everyone
there are little children dancing all around us
trees are inexplicably purple
sky defiantly pink
music in the hillsides
and wild animals roaming the periphery
a drunken girl wandering the underworld looking for her orpheus
she'll find him if it kills her
all she has to guide her
are her words

Comments

  • Anonymous Monday, 22 October 2012

    Gorgeous poem, soulful and hopeful, darkly lovely ...

    Gorgeous poem, soulful and hopeful, darkly lovely and quintessentially L.A. :) You are the voice of your city, Ms. Francesca theater/news/09-2012/new-version-of-black-orpheus-headed-to-stage_63013.html

  • Caroline Cakewise Monday, 22 October 2012

    Beautiful, inspiring, magical - I have just stumbl...

    Beautiful, inspiring, magical - I have just stumbled upon your blog [I never realised you had one! The excitement!!] and read back over all 30 poems. I don't know how they manage to be sometimes so disturbing, yet always so stunning. Thank you! xx

  • Victoria Innocenzi Saturday, 13 October 2012

    I love the LA metaphor. You're my favorite.

    I love the LA metaphor. You're my favorite.

  • Anonymous Wednesday, 10 October 2012

    So how can a person nominate someone they know, pe...

    So how can a person nominate someone they know, perhaps someone who is quite lovely and an amazing poet, for this position?

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