Return to California

(Are America' priorities right?)

San Francisco
Marketstreet: bums, addicts, hustlers
Poverty everywhere,
garbage in the streets,

La Jolla
Where ten years ago sagebrush grew
and rattlesnakes and coyotes lived
stands a gigantic Hyatt hotel,
like an over-dimensioned radio
from the thirties.
And two more hotels, restaurants
and banks, insurance buildings,
a Disneyland Mormon cathedral
in white marble.

Los Angeles
Smoke-covered, burt-out shops
a block away from my friend's house.
Mercedes cabrios, Cadillacs and Rollses
fill Wilshire Boulevard.

San Diego, 3rd September 1993