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by Mark M Lichterman
Saturday, November 24, 2012
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Forgetting where I am,

or rather not remembering

where I had come from,

Kody and me strolling along

the green velvet bordered walkway


The sun shining warmly

forgetting where I am,

or rather not remembering 

where I had come from,

strolling along on this

day late in November;

strolling along on this

seventy-eight degree day

to the south-west

the hazy blue

Santa Monica Mountains

seen above red tiled roofs


Off leash,

bounding up an embankment

after a squirrel then,

front paws stretched upward onto the bark,


inviting the squirrel to play with him.

“Ain’t gonna work!”

I yell to Kody,

“That Squirrel’s not coming down to play with you.”


On we go,

my bounding,

squirrel chasing friend and me.


Forgetting the howling,

sub-zero winds of Chicago

and the stinging,

blowing sleet

and the mounting, mounding snow

forgetting that on this

Southern California

late November day

elsewhere there are sub-zero winds

and stinging, blowing sleet

along with mounting, mounding snow.


Forgetting where I had come from,

but so…

so glad to no longer be there!




©November 24/2012 Mark M Lichterman

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 11/25/2012
Yes, that's why I left Wisconsin in 1966 to find that Northern California, could, at times, be rather cold and miserable without the snow except for the mountains.

On these late November days like today, the place I lived for thirty years, Houston, presents beautiful afternoons for walking without the beautiful landscape except in places like Brazos Bend State Park, about a 30 min. drive from here.

Reviewed by Budd Nelson 11/25/2012
ah yes southern california winters i remember them well
Reviewed by John Martin 11/24/2012
It was 43 degrees today where I'm at...and after having just put air in the tires of my snow blower... I must say, Mark...You made the right move okay.
Reviewed by Keith Rowley 11/24/2012
A breezy telling of a beautiful day with the past where it belongs - behind us! Neat work, Mark.
Reviewed by Joy Hale 11/24/2012
I think you have it "made in the shade" living in southern CA! I lived in San Diego for years and still yearn to return. I now wish I hadn't sold our home there or I would be there right now. Other than Hawaii, which is fabulous, San Diego would be my first choice to live, but WAY too expensive now! Enjoy, my friend, enjoy.

Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 11/24/2012
I hear you talking, Mark, and agree one hundred percent, I'm glad I'm not where I came from either. Zoe, my squirrel-chasing half Yorkie, half Schnauzer mutt doesn't want to play with them as much as she want to sink her teeth into their necks and taste that warm squirrel blood oozing out, blood-thirsty little bitch . . .

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