Devil’s Playground

by Samuel De Lemos

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I know how the Okies felt
I’ve seen the images.
I’ve read the, Grapes of Wrath.
I’ve driven on that path.

I’ve driven from Oklahoma to California
If you want to see what I’ve seen
try moving your family-
to the promised land site
unseen.

There’s anxiety
Moving from State to State
when your goal
is not to reach
the West Coast
too late…

After Texas-
Everything seems so dry.

From New Mexico to Arizona
Cross the river-
you’re in Needles.
The backside of California.

Its the Devils Playground
and seems as though
it never stops!

Over the last mountain
past Death Valley
Then…
Everything’s green!
Finally-
you realize that you’ve
been chasing your
California
Dream.

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