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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Watching the Tide

by Sean Pravica

it would be so much easier
to divide things cleanly
into black and white
like a two party system
you’re with us
or them
while the majority checks out

ever hear of the haves?
i’m sure the have-nots
sound familiar

it would be so easy
to talk about the two
to make it real
to pretend it’s true

but all the rivers in the world
lead to the same place
and if the ocean chose sides
we might be onto something

but no one can have
what can’t be had
including all the ivory
that would be so safe
if it stood on rock
instead of clouds
born from an ocean
that only watches
one tide come in

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rain in L.A.

by Sean Pravica

a rain cloud over Los Angeles
brooded like a rebel
boasting a storm
and taunting the drivers
who are suddenly young children again
taking baby steps
not quite sure what to do
and a little scared
though they’d rather not admit that
except maybe to their mothers

depends on what kind of car they drive
what job they hold
and how much gas is in the tank of their gut
that is
how much of their lives
they can actually stomach
if we could run away forever
or drive on an endless highway
we might still fear we’d slip
and let up the ghost
of our vulnerability
before a sky that knows better
knows that already

in this hot place
a sun bright enough to illuminate the buildings
mirrors everywhere for smitten people
examining the objects of their affection
in passing glass surfaces
the sky can’t always hold back its tears
even though it’s tougher here
having seen the dreams lost
and others become
only to slip away
back into the reflective face of a bank
untouchable
and lost
behind the fake marble
while the rain begins to fall
and drizzle along the sidewalk
the smell of the street rising
time to go home
and face the traffic