Santa Cruz Aubade
Rose & yellow streamers band the sky
a cat stands watching, curious
witness to fresh fire.
Sand & sea
yesterday abandoned. The homeless
in hoodies, beards, & worn-thru soles
trudged past bright windows framing
empty tables, diners too fragile
to brave the air. The caroling steam train,
festival lights, clattered through cold
California, state without seasons,
already four homeless have died.
now the morning sky, the sea
pastel, kissing surf a pelican glides.