Commonalities

Freeways connect
The Golden State
I-5
Droughts
Prisons
3 strikes
You’re out
Life is no
Ball game
Displacing families
Generations
From
San Francisco to
Chavez Ravine
Giants throw children
In cages
Lost California dreams
Wrapped in foreclosed homes
Become profits
A living income
Is out of reach
Cities have buffer cities
Keep the poor ones
Who built them out
From Cupertino
To San Marino
Keep it moving
Down the west coast
Down these streets
Go …

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O sister on the other side
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There must be a moment
when it moves over your body.
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you are a sister to the moon,

The Santa Anas

1.

from here the earth
is a shade of the darkest
blue before black

i look out the window
and i know where we are

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