CLS Ferguson, “12721 Stone Canyon Road”

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12721 Stone Canyon Road

Home in the beginning was
Sunshine on grass greener than the other side
Mushrooms, apples, nectarine, bamboo, and pine
Road too narrow for more than one car at a time

Home in the beginning was
More a comfort than a palindrome
More a home than a war zone
More breath than suffocation

Home in the beginning was
A beacon on a hill reaching toward heaven
Overlooking an undeveloped “City in the Country”
Poway’s gem, refuge, calm

Home in the beginning was
Where the animals and children played until twilight
Safe, predictable, forever
Until Dad decided it was his, remodeled it, and sold it to someone else

Home in the beginning was
Where I was meant to be
Where I was always already leaving
Where I never wanted to forever wish to return

 


CLS Ferguson, PhD, speaks, signs, acts, publishes, sings, performs, writes, paints, teaches, and rarely relaxes. Her music video, “Secrets & Lies,” is currently earning accolades on the indie-film circuit. CLS has published poetry in Shangri-La Shack, Still Points Quarterly, P. Q. Leer, and other places. Her poetry collection, God Bless Paul, is from Rosedog Books. She and her husband, Rich Ferguson, are raising their Bernese Mountain/border collie mutt, Sadie, in Hollywood, CA. More info here.


 

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