Poetry Narrative based on California Dreaming

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem has been brewing for quite some time; since he found the Fog and Smog website. It’s stayed in the to-do tray since then, until an interview for the California-based Dan O’ Brien Project (due to be posted tomorrow, April 2nd) brought the idea to the top of the pile.
The poem’s title references the original inspiration, and there are a few more references too: The Mamas and The Papas song California Dreamin’ and John Cougar (Mellencamp)’s Jack and Diane. The top half, set in San Francisco, references the 1960s counter-culture; while the bottom half, set in Los Angeles, is based on 1980s heavy rock and metal. The rhythm of the poem is also based on American folk ballad on-the-road narratives.
San Francisco sky
San Francisco sky (Photo credit: davidyuweb)
Fog and Smog, Sun lights Fame
California dreaming, drove down Highway 5
love for freedom, felt good to be alive
I picked up some hitch-hikers, one boy and one girl
Diane enjoyed picking guitar, Jack took his turn
dropped them off in San Fran hills
crossed the Golden Gate
drove down into Chinatown
on way to the Haight
mixed Dim Sum with Summer of Love
and ended up in a stew
The Redwoods cleared my head, felt love for Santa Barbara
emerged like a star on hill
Hollywood bit parts working around temp job
never got the break needed
to enjoy creative freedom
elevated City of Angels
set me down path to Sunset Boulevard
walking the neon streets, night was a blur
I frequented a rock bar, not knowing where to go
my fame exploded, after auditioning for a band
American dream, living the promised land
Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Bowl (Photo credit: Burns!)
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

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