Moving through the streets of Los Angeles on a mission to get to Plaza Mexico and hopefully a 99c shop. Yes, folks I will come clean and confess – I’m a dollar store junkie!!! I walked up Longbeach boulevarde in Lynwood on a sunny saturday afternoon. I will trace my steps with you…
Ranchera De Vaca is $2.99, Aztec artwork on tiles, is that a phoenix I see in the cement? color on poncho, that statue has a creased crotch (sorry I notice such things!), yellow and pink is the new black and white, monuments and fountains, kitsch and apparel, vendors not vultures, ice cream parlour and blue chair, I heart pico de gallo, onions and pansies, vampire juice tasted like celery – WAIT! STOP! And take a minute to just breathe and give gratitude to God, an Angel nudged me and whispered “younger brother”…
A Prayer For My Brother and 3 year old son, green eyes, can count to 5 but misses the 4, likes to draw and his favourite word now is “Dinosaur!” (insert Dr. Suess) I put your name in the sand ‘Duane was here!’ because when I was on that beach in Hawai’i, you held my hand as you stood beside me.
I don’t pray about your incarceration, I pray for your salvation.
God Bless You always and keep you safe.
“Duty free gifts” for the family at the 99c store, Mexican candles, scary doll, crocheted hot pink flowers, silenced by humility, an ultra sound photo – I knew her grief, I’d lost mine too.
Pause for a minute…
Only a minute mind you – that shit took 10 years of clinical depression so I choose this memory to linger for only 60 seconds…57, 58, 59…ding, ding, ding – time out!
Are you serious? Low-fat soy milk is only 79c?? Grilled chicken breast, a faux gold mirror and apricot scrub. Dried chilli’s, plastic horses – empty bladder and a squirt of soap, 2 hands and no wide angled lens.
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