Poems of a Young Man: “The Last Smogset of 1978” (© KPKeelan)


Up we go!

Into the hills

on a pilgrimage to observe

the last sunset of the year.

1979 here we come.

Lazily, we lollygag

in the tall, fragrant

sea of grass,

watching time unfold.


a man and his baby giggle

each delighting in the other’s wonder

in beholding the other.

Life is good.

A cop car creeps slowly by

patrolling the perimeter of

the Getty oil fields.

The evening chill descends

in the San Fernando valley,

as the last smogset of 1978

recedes into:

Starlight, star bright

first star I see on this cool, clear New Year’s night

I wish you may, I wish you might

grant this wish I wish tonight!

I am ready now.


(12- 31- 78)



About KPKeelan

Fool, Philosopher, Lover & Dreamer, Benign TROUBLEMAKER, King and Jester of KPKworld, an online portal to visual and linguistic mystery, befuddlement and delight.
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