Palms, Victory, Triumph, Excellence
by Ed Dorn (from Hello, La Jolla)
My L.A. began in 1947
when I was in high school
and the derricks were still up.
I was fresh from Illinois
enlightened by Malinowski.
The excitement was not
in The Light, even then
beginning to be obscured
but in the Palm Trees
those companions of the dinosaurs.
They are as snobbish as ethiopians
in their attitude toward man,
They follow him everywhere
except where it gets uncomfortable.
My favorite palms are in Riverside,
When someone told me
they are the preferred dwelling
I was emphatic in my disbelief
and in my disapproval of the possibility.
But of course, rats are smart