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Laura Taught Me To*
January 2, 2010, 2:17 am
Filed under: Aunts, Los Angeles, Writing

Take Los Angeles down off that shelf

It doesn’t belong so far away

Fingerprints damage less than dust

Take the city down and flatten it

Use your hands to spread the city out

Turn the hills into braille under your palms

Use some lipstick to trace the highways

Including back-ways to avoid the freeways

You’ll make the maze of the city streets

And turn the barrios into different homes

That you can fold into your pocket

All the neighborhoods into mental maps

Until the stretch of Los Angeles

With its dark distances made to travel by car

Has your fingerprints and isn’t so far


*For some reason I couldn’t get the stanzas to space out correctly.  I think you can get the point, though


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