For a Friend in an Asylum in California

Give me lazy lithium days, soft asylum,
Cheshire madness. This sadness only lasts
awhile with sunburnt smiles and ocean mist kisses . . .

Give me sweet Mai-Tai nights, gentle lunacy,
The mad hatter moon laughs at me, and
The fog only lasts a little while.

Just one more time, please stay awhile.


This poem was selected for the 2012 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Poetry in Public displays poems by local writers of all ages in Iowa City buses, downtown kiosks, and select public buildings from April (National Poetry Month) through the fall.

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on May 19, 2012

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