New York- A brief homage to San Diego, my favorite city in the world.
San Diego is many things. It is a place where one can take a mere footstep from the first world to the third world. It is the world’s busiest border crossing. It is a military town that is a heart of the military-industrial complex. It was home to two of the 9/11 hijackers. It was home to Anwar al-Awlaki who was extrajudicially killed in a drone assassination in Yemen on September 30, 2011. San Diego is the heartland of skateboard culture. And surfing and tattooing and classic cars and punk rock. It is often overlooked by Angelenos but beloved by visiting Australians where it reminds them of Brisbane or Melbourne. It is equally politically conservative and politically corrupt.
The following is a poem I wrote in landlocked Central Asia just after 9/11.
City at the edge of the world
On the ocean sits a city
At the foot of the mountains resides a people
Bridging worlds is a quiescent metropolis
Going unnoticed in the shadow Los Angeles
Near no war but not without conflict
Los Pobres dying to get into it
Where midwesterners seek a new life
And southern recruits yearn to start over
The city that sleeps shall not be short of calm leeway
Full moon shining huge over the wide night freeway
Halfway around the world I place my home in the ideal
And when I watch the sunset from the cliffs rest assured it is very real