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DID SHE WHO MADE THE LAMB MAKE THE MGM LION, TOO?

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

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Listen to Al Young’s March 2012 poem for KQED’s ‘The California Report’

DID SHE WHO MADE THE LAMB
MAKE THE MGM LION, TOO?

Did she who made the lamb make the MGM lion, too?
No Hollywood hurrah, no roar, no Big Sur purr
can coolly calm or claim you, whether for weeks
or days or nights you blow cold or warm or you blow
wet or hot or not at all. Tell us now, will you tango?
Will you waltz? Will you boogie? Will you guaguancó?
Will you even dance? Or just throw down and march?

Marshlands of the Golden State, all you ancient,
mushy wetlands — baylands, swamps, marshes,
bogs; lungs of our coastlines, raw river- and lake-
and creek-sweetening filters — unite! You’ve still got
plenty to lose. From Long Beach to Fremont
to Arcata, Sacramento and Sheep Ranch on up
to the Great Washoe Basin, you’d better watch yourselves.
In the run-off and run-up to spring anything goes.

© Al Young

© Marek Fijalkowski

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