Cupertino: Outside, Inside

Cupertino: Outside, Inside


On foot I circle the neighborhood, California palm trees dance like ballerinas, skirts swish toward the blue canopy hovering over boulevards where Mercedes and Lexus dominate, where young engineers, shadows of each other, eyes glued to Iphones.
March blind to Sushi Kuni.

Back at the cottage I stare at the lineup of Cypress trees, guards standing attention
over million-dollar mansions. Don't see one Lord or Lady stroll down the streets.

I sip Ceylon tea while my grandchild
sings a bio of Mozart, her voice scratchy like Joplin’s,

Once there was a boy who...Then together we sing this old man he plays one, he plays knick knack on my thumb...We clap, pound our knees, celebrate song, Ceylon tea, the pastel wash over the Cupertino sky

Mare Leonard

Mare Leonard lives in an old school house overlooking The Rondout Creek.  Away from her own personal blackboard, she teaches  through the Institute for Writing and Thinking and the MAT program at Bard College.  She has published four chapbooks of poetry and was a finalist in last year's NY State Di Biase contest.  Some of her latest publications appear in the Vietnam poetry publication from Perfume River, Rats Ass Review, Figroot, Sweet Tree, Eunoia, New Verse News and in the British publication: Journal of Arts&Letters. She is most excited about her poem Terrone, an immigration poem, which will be published in the spring at Chiron and her new chapbook  accepted by Finishing Line Press

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