poetry by j matthew waters

california calling

someone had it right
not sure if it was eagles or
kid rock or red hot chili peppers

I’m done here
there’s nothing left to do
except buy me some cowboy boots
and head out west

I’ve been there before
san diego and napa valley
further north to humboldt bay

nothing’s ever permanent
but this time will be different
finding myself camping atop cliffs
inevitably crumbling into the sea

january two thousand eighteen
copyright j matthew waters
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7 thoughts on “california calling

    • Heard this one on the radio today when returning from day trip to Stone City, Iowa ;`)

      • Shawna on said:

        Awesome. It’s a super fun jam — good song to dance to.

        “I’m done here
        there’s nothing left to do”

        I like that this could be a good or bad thing, but you choose your own adventure, gearing up for a road trip (even if only imaginary) instead of being bummed about something else being over.

        I’m picturing a guy I sort of know … my sister’s new boyfriend. He travels as an artist, doing paintings for hotels. But when the gig’s up, he’s outta there. On to the next big thing, often another state. Cool guy, great attitude. Free spirit, big time.

        I like the last thought you captured — everything’s eventually going to crumble. So we’d better hit the hot spots we’re vibing on before they all disappear, into the sea or otherwise … and before we do the same. One life to live; let’s don’t waste it.

  1. denise0904 on said:

    this time it will be different….

  2. I enjoyed this poem. I need the Montery and Big Sur coastline. A amazing poem my friend.

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