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I love the fog

gray billows moving into shore

cool and damp

my face is wet

the mantra of waves

accompanied by sea lions

and foghorns

seahorses and mermaids

and a tree that's singing with birds

like living Christmas ornaments

tweet tweet

 

of course we could be fogged in

for two months in San Francisco

still I loved walking the streets

late at night

Sea Cliff, Russian Hill, North Beach,

it sure beats getting cooked in Florida

sweltering and gasping for breath

with three more months of summer left

it was like hitting the wall

in a marathon at mile two

 

and now there must be thirty fires

on the beach

the evening before Labor Day

beacons of light on the shore

shrines to the passing of summer

the night fog covers me like a shroud

black as a cormorant's beak

and soft as the

California twilight