Always a California Girl

I live in Winnipeg

two years of grad school and a Manitoba man almost my husband

good friends not to leave behind

free healthcare is also high on my priorities

so

I live in Winnipeg

I live in California

born and raised between the mountains and the sea

an unflinching sense of diversity within and without

in Riverside I walked to the University in 100 degree heat every day

— he looks at me with shock every time I say it

as if Winnipeg had not its own extremes —

I’ll never get used to a neverending horizon

locked in without the endless and wide ocean

no longer girded by crests of waves and mountaintops

all the love I feel here is real

with the possibilities of my future

extending even as far as this endless horizon

and so

I live in Winnipeg

but

I live in California

~~~~~~~~~~

©Abigail Siegel, 2021

MA in Classics: Latin poetry as well as myth and folklore. Writes mostly poetry and book reviews. Part-time Latin tutor: https://latinbyabby.wordpress.com/

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