I used to live in LA
Pasadena, Alhambra, Central –
I could walk to Korea Town.
Lived in San Diego too,
Coronado, Ocean Beach, Golden Hill –
The Silver Strand was my beach of choice though
As much as I loved Redondo.
The Strand’s position south of the NAS is an honest line
Geology’s trick appropriated from the Pleistocene Epoch
Lending the landscape like an open sore to be healed
By waters warmed to the beat of a California Sun
Where each wake laps its walking rhythms into virgin sand . . .
It’s as if there was a covenant between them,
Endowing all signs of life with a glaze of gold
Beneath an ocean floor of deep blue love.

© K. James Ribble