By Thomas Page

I am student teaching a senior level class in Washington, DC. They have to write some poems on these prompts. I decided to try all 30 of them. However, I will not say what the prompt was but what it number was.

Prompt #23

A tour of California might look like this:

Torrance

Hawthorne

Oakland

Monterey

Anaheim

Sonora

Jackson

Arcadia

Maywood

Eureka

Seaside

Pasadena

Atascadero

Guadalupe

Encino

Why in this order?

People generally don’t know when they’re in the golden state

Where exactly they are

Until they are gone

And remember on winter days

The cities in California

Even cities they didn’t even visit.

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