LOS ANGELES

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LOS ANGELES

From dream factory

To nightmare landscape

Eternally self-renewing

And all but used up,

The hot LA nights

Spiked with a Santa Ana wind,

Capote, Faulkner, Mailer, Fitzgerald, et al

Haunting the many-faceted gin-mills,

Looking for characters

For the books they were soon to write,

Hockney hobbling to

The marijuana  store

To smoke away his many ailments,

Drinking Chai tea with the other lunatics,

Down Venice way

The ancient muscle men on Muscle Beach

Doing press-ups

And pull-ups that demean them,

Hollywood writ large on the hills

And a jaded sign on Santa Monica pier

Saying ‘Route 66 ends here’.

HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD

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Elvis and Charlie having a coffee break on Hollywood Boulevard during our visit there recently! Undoubtably the holiday of our lives; saw Santa Monica, Malibou Beach, Venice Beach etc, ect – and of course Hollywood. I have definitely fallen in love with LA!

 

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