Luc Leclaire

Rookie - 110 Points (July 15,1990 / Omaha)

To Benicia

We walk along the busy marina,
As flags and sails billow in the wind,
And kites fly in the sandy arena,
So that we forget we ever sinned.

Then, a nearly naked maiden passes,
An apparition of vaulted Venus,
So for a spell we remove our glasses,
So as to be blind, though she has seen us.

The rays of red and white light up the night!
Even here where sunshine gilds the bay,
And fruits like virgin bosoms meet the sight,
So pitbulls guard the mobiles' garlands gay.

O Benicia, you, I serenade,
For you give the Holy Ghost a parade!

Submitted: Sunday, July 20, 2014

Topic of this poem: memory

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After visiting Benicia, California for the first time, I felt compelled to record my disparate reactions to its beauty and piety.

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