A Night in California

The streets are wide
everything is green,
floating in the air,
a pervading sense of peace.
 
I stand in your villa
an open expanse
everywhere the eye can see.
 
I stroll through open avenues
I stroll with you,
the owner of all this beauty.
 
Leaving the parameters
of your home,
we walk down the street,
the breeze is just right
as flowers fall delicately,
pink and white
among the lush green. 

We turn a corner,
and a store surfaces
with everything we need. 

Neighbors smile
warm smiles
and chat with us
in Spanish. 

We head back,
enter through the gates,
returning to finish
with preparations
as guests wait.

You’ve worked this day
like every other,
so strong, so brave,
even on your wedding day. 

I guide you to the veranda
and we sit for a second,
remembering everything that
brought you to this moment.

For a second
your façade fades
and you admit
that life has been
difficult.
 
I hold out my hand
pick you up,
embrace you,
and send you
on your way.

I join the crowd
as the cool breeze
touches my face.

The sun goes down,
as I wait for you
to take the stage.

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