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We got in the car and took off for a drive


and in a couple hours we finally arrive


from the central valley, all the way to the coast


to that quaint little town, of which I often boast


the sun excites your skin as it burns away the blues


the update on your Facebook says it came from Santa Cruz


a place is so laid back that you just start to melt


takes the sting off the wounds from the hands that you’ve been dealt


there becomes a gentle calm when you’re sitting near the ocean


enchanted by the salty breeze baste in seaweed soup and suntan lotion


the Boardwalk beckons with its bustling park


it’s beach front concerts playing after the dark


memories start flowing from my inglorious youth


a window to the past blurred by fantasy and truth


late night beach bond-fires-- with coolers of beer


the stars put on a show as breakers crash in your ear


on big laid out blankets we explored our desire


and then traded tall tales over the crackling fire


long summer days baking out in the sun


where the golden tattoo adorned everyone


football, swimming or exploring the cliffs


wine coolers, egg rolls and Bob Marley riffs


sitting on a bench as my kids play in the sand


I felt an angel’s tear gently fall on my hand


the sky covered over and the air became cold


I can’t figure out when that boy got so old


as we loaded the car and buckled ourselves in


my eyes filled with tears and I started to grin

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Larsen M. Callirhoe

very beautiful quality to this Dan. i loved the ending. get misty eyed happens to me all the time and i usually grin too. i get a day dream feeling off of this but at the same time this feels like real events. enjoyed this immesley.



Larsen M. Callirhoe

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Hi Dan, I love the sentiment of the poem and the reference to Facebook gives it a current touch. I think the story evolves fluently but the rhymed couplets seem to chop it up a little for me. I wonder if you retained the rhyme but tried different line breaks... Just an idea.


I enjoyed this revisit to Santa Cruz, been there many times.... Spring Break baby... That is where we went OOOOOOh so many decades ago.



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