Two Poems by John De Herrera


Still Holding Out

It is an autumn afternoon like this,
when palms are drawn still in the calmness
before breezes out of the east arrive;
and the deepening gold shining off the fronds
against the mountainsides
of sage and chaparral,
all overlooking an ocean bay
mirror-flat and silver-blue,
that creates a balm of sublimity
over the sting of wistfulness,
while wondering about you,
and whether you exist at all.


Photography © Allison Goldin
Photography © Allison Goldin


It’s Over

We’re lost to each other now,
let go to a sea of holiday parties
neither will know the address or night of;
though we’ll attend, alone or with another,
heels clicking, scuffing up towards a front door,
the other mind and miles away;
neither will know, or what conversation
we’ll laugh along with, around twelve,
champagne in hand.


John De Herrera is a writer/artist/activist who lives and works in Santa Barbara, California.

Allison Goldin is an artist living in California. Her work is a collection of spontaneous drawings from the imagination. The most common link throughout her art are the semi-recognizable creatures scattered amongst and bringing together the surrounding doodles.



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