If I could sing, California

If I could sing
If I had his marinated voice
his command
California

I would caress you
tone by sanded tone
word by weeping word

You are so beautiful
California
to me

You are so beautiful
mountain towns
artichoke fields
coastal cities
to me

dirt roads
shaded streets
rumbling highways
California
to me

Can’t you see
blazing landscapes
you’re everything I wanted
amid the wreckage
you’re everything I need

Holding hope
sifting rubble
breathing ash
you are so beautiful
California

If I could sing
If I had his growl
you are so beautiful
my home
to me

 

Laura McHale Holland
November 14, 2018

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