Thursday, December 5, 2019


goodnight california

maybe it was loma prieta
the earthquake that stopped
the world series, boys of october
vibrating across a twenty-six inch screen

we were told that one day
the san andreas fault
would shake california free
drop it off into the ocean
float like an island
sink like a stone

fires burn across california
tonight, a new norm
dry brush kindling
paradise in flames
we have pushed
this world to its brink

the future is bleak
there is no heaven
paradise was sold
in pieces without question
now as the climate rages
we ask when paradise
will be uninhabitable

--Jason Baldinger

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