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Incoming, Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon, United States of America

Haystack Rock

A seductive rock
On ocean’s edge
Half the day
Surrounded by the tide

Attracting thousands
Nature’s iconic monument
To a monumental coastline

In time with the waves’ ungentle caress
They saunter near, then scramble back

This flightless flock of sandpipers

Photographs and selfies
Arm-in-arm and hand-in-hand

A deep breath in, a longer one out
The calm that comes on any shore
Where the surf rumbles and sighs

Some may say it’s the rock
But the rock is a draw as any other draw
A pier, a lighthouse, beach chairs and gazebos
It is the sea which helps us remember ourselves

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Fabled Streets, California & Powell, San Francisco, California, United States of America

The Streets of San Francisco

Fabled Streets
Of San Francisco
Car chases
And cable cars

In nineteen hundred and ninety six
I take my 5th wheel down Powell
Forty-five feet of feelin’ cooler than
McQueen, Cage and Connery

Past the bottom
The truck’s brakes fail
So I drive the city streets
Using the trailer’s brakes

Impressing a parallel trucker
“You’re one of us,” he tells me
Eat your hearts out
Movie stars