THE DREAMT LAND

 

 

for Mark Arax

The ground is sinking
to where the water used to be
all across the San Joaquin,

agriculture’s deficit spending
leveraged into fortunes
for California’s kings.

This side of the Sierra divide,
it’s always been ‘boom or bust’,
flood or drought,

nothing normal
in between
to bank on

but drill more wells for nuts:
almonds and pistachios,
another million humans

to farm like cattle,
corral in cubicles
they can’t afford.

With the nature of California,
paradox or conundrum,
a constant battle.

 

One response to “THE DREAMT LAND

  1. “The Dreamt Land”— a fine tribute to a GREAT book and a worthy meditation on all varieties of nuts. That said, I’m not ready to give up ….. and I dont think Mark A is either. I take heart from his conversation with “the oracle” in Madera………

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