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Friday’s Poem

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Back in LA

Hanging out at the Light House
Mixing with the black cats —
All attention and aggression
Arms lightly resting
On the backs of worn wooden chairs,
Fingers casually brushing
Against the light fabric of a dress
Tan bare legs tapping to the beat
Eyes locking, smiling

Two drink minimum loosens up the crowd.
Heads bobbing, finger’s snapping
Music builds
Crescendos, builds again
Bodies swaying now, eyes closed
Cocktail napkins wipe sweaty brows.
In the close-packed room
Halston & Chivas, White Shoulders,
And Black Russians mingle in the tobacco haze.

Jazz greats blare from dusty speakers
Between sets
Miles, Gillespie and Getz
Cut into the din.
Drinks spill on cheap black trays
Held high by harried waitresses
Orders shouted into the thick air
“Sweetheart, get me another beer
And I’ll have a white wine for the lady.”

Appraising looks, old worn-out riffs
Come-ons flow, push, cajole
“Baby, where’d you get an ass like that?”
Where you goin’? Lemme talk to you awhile.”
Funky, earthy, raw and raunchy – the games on
An’ it’s soooo cool.

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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