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Sorrento Valley by John Koethe ~ Vitaliy Rybakin & Diana Harmon Garnand

Vitaliy Rybakin on August 20, 2012 16:49

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    Music by Vitaliy Rybakin
    Recitation by Diana Harmon Garnand

    Sorrento Valley
    By John Koethe

    On a hillside somewhere in Sorrento Valley,
    My aunts and uncles sat in canvas chairs
    In the blazing sun, facing a small ash tree.

    There was no wind. In the distance I could see
    Some modern buildings, hovering in the air
    Above the wooded hillsides of Sorrento Valley.

    I followed the progress of a large bumblebee
    As the minister stood, offering a prayer,
    Next to the young white California ash tree.

    Somewhere a singer went right on repeating
    When I Grow Too Old to Dream. Yet to dream where,
    I wondered — on a hillside in Sorrento Valley,

    Half-way between the mountains and the sea?
    To be invisible at last, and released from care,
    Beneath a stone next to a white tree?

    — As though each of us were alone, and free,
    And the common ground we ultimately shared
    Were on a hillside somewhere in Sorrento Valley,
    In the shade of a small ash tree.

    "Sorrento Valley by John Koethe ~ Vitaliy Rybakin & Diana Harmon Garnand" by Vitaliy Rybakin is licensed under a Creative Commons License

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