Road trips used to start in Friday rush hour traffic
Now we leave midday and meander up the coast
My husband and I pack the dog in her backseat hammock
She's asleep in five minutes, cozy in the knowledge
She is not vet bound or being left behind
Pacific Coast Highway undulates north past
Malibu sparkling in ocean's fall luminescence
Pelicans swoop in ribbons reflected in a glassy sea
Hills dotted with green shrubs, spring grasses dried
In summer sun, wax golden, pampas flags wave
Family awaits us hours north, the journey full of oldies
Sung out loud, mostly off key, many pit stops,
Many cookies, a greasy hamburger or two
The dog starts backseat pacing as the freeway exit nears
She knows where we are headed
Here the trees are putting on their heady show
Bursts of vermillion, burnt umber, citrus hues
Fill streets, hillsides, getting ready for Halloween
Grandkids pile out of the house followed by their parents
Bags and boxes flow to the house by many hands
Treats distributed, it's time for hot chocolate and bed
Morning comes with a knock on the bedroom door
The morning chill fills the room, kids clamber into bed
All of us under piles of comforters, the dog too
We talk of plans for costumes, which store to gather supplies
How many pumpkins, candles, more hot chocolate
Not even the jack-o-lanterns have bigger smiles
© 2013 by Linda Golden.
Used with the author's permission.
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Linda Golden listened to other people's stories for most of her life. As a psychoanalyst, she listened with intensity as others told their tales. Now retired, she is exploring creative writing and painting with watercolor with that same intensity. Brooklyn born, Linda considers herself almost a native Californian. She lives in Woodland Hills with her husband, Mike, and their dog, Katy, in a rambling multi-generational home.
Posted 10/25/2013 01:37 PM
Fall is my favorite season, and you describe it perfectly!
Posted 10/25/2013 12:28 PM
A wonderful poem painting, and such a happy way to start this day. Marilyn Zelke-Windau
Posted 10/25/2013 08:04 AM