Ruins of An Ancient Civilization

I was the pre-eminent
highway engineer
in the vacant field
next to our house
in North Long Beach
I’d design roads
for rock vehicles
traversing precipitous hillocks of cheatgrass
skirting dangerous cavernous gopherholes

A Pentecostal church
built there in the sixties
covers my
as well as various
forts and kivas
we built in those years
before we grew up
and got cool
to survive
our teens
and become productive citizens.

Ruins of An Ancient Civilization (#wherehaveallthepayphonesgone)

About Sharon

Like anyone who lives long enough, I have experienced great loss and survived. I am convinced that my survival depends on my own participation in creating the reality I am living in, and I am determined to be a thoughtful and active participant/creator. These writings are my way of documenting that creation. As the song goes, "I will survive!" I chose the title Staying Vertical because I find that surviving isn't just staying on my feet physically. Keeping my thoughts and emotions on the vertical plane keeps me alive and moving forward. Thanks for joining me!
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