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Los Angeles

After we met I thought we really had something, Really hit it off. It wasn’t the words we spoke, The easy fluorescent trail they made. Maybe it was the Japanese lantern Glowing over your bare shoulder Or the smile you threw To the side- To someone. Or maybe it was the cool damp air, Slight seduction of rain But no rain. Perfect, cool molecules, Layer on layer, Air sitting on air. But after, I couldn’t find you. I couldn’t find you In the heavy-sitting valleys, Behind the cool barriered hedges With stone guard dogs, In the palm shadowed boulevards Or the canyon mazes. I couldn’t find you In the final exhalations of space, On sun baked, cracked cement plaza drives. I couldn’t find you In the starkly lined avenues Amongst the serious-expressioned manikins. It really is a desert here, huh? Had said the pale cheeked waiter from Wisconsin While we waited for you to come back. Yes, I thought, touching the sweating water glass. A stage set in a desert Filled with mirages and promises And doors that no one answers And roads that curve toward the sun. We both knew you weren’t coming back. I won’t find you again But I will keep looking And looking And looking. There is always that chance. Yes, to find someone like you. That chance. I leave alone, Tip under plate. A dog barks at my steps, Waits, barks again. We are both close, Yet impossibly, Far from home.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017




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Date: 5/2/2022 3:08:00 AM
Whoever wishes to singularly describe Douglas Brown's Los Angeles as 'Splendid' must use Block Capitals ... Nothing in the poem is rushed between supplies of facts and releases of feeling about the Tricky in Celebrated Los Angeles.
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Douglas Brown
Date: 5/2/2022 10:03:00 AM
Thank you so much Chinedum. So great to have your words on this poem.
Date: 4/29/2022 9:48:00 AM
Wow, Douglas. I don’t often come along a poem that grips me like this one. You are an exceptional writer and this poem creates a deep feeling of a missed opportunity, and the deep longing to rediscover the possibilities of what could be with someone new. I absolutely felt stirred by it. Thank you!!!
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Douglas Brown
Date: 4/30/2022 2:57:00 PM
Lori, thank you so much. It really mean a lot to get your feedback. Doug
Date: 4/29/2022 6:55:00 AM
Hi Douglas. "Los Angeles" is a really fine poem. Thanks so much for posting it. You achieve a remarkable feat of being both conversational and visionary. As a reader, I can join the experience you create and complete a picture with my imagination. That's what makes great poetry, reminds me of Delmore Schwartz. Thanks, keep 'em coming Paul
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Douglas Brown
Date: 4/30/2022 2:57:00 PM
Thanks so much Paul!
Date: 4/28/2022 8:18:00 PM
Douglas, I love this well-crafted poem. Great read. Carol Louise
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Douglas Brown
Date: 4/30/2022 2:58:00 PM
Appreciate it, Carol Louise.
Date: 11/30/2019 9:25:00 AM
You have been here a long time and I am just finding you now. What a treat to read your words.
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Date: 6/7/2019 6:26:00 PM
"Impossibly far..." I loved that... Ty. It was a great read.
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Date: 2/8/2018 7:30:00 PM
Douglas, you are so gifted at creating complete scenario and a particular atmosphere. Your talent is amazing. This poem is a FAVE. Awesome.
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Date: 1/3/2018 2:03:00 PM
Beautiful but sad. Black Dog Barks.
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Date: 12/13/2017 11:19:00 AM
Fantastic pen! Love it. Fave :)
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Douglas Brown
Date: 11/21/2018 2:28:00 PM
Thanks! Late on seeing this!