Cyvra Village Green
I lived in the workshop
Of Cyvra* Village Green
And out of the mountains
And from down below
Lived a watery stream
Dream on said the stream
Dream on said the green
For you are a raindrop from God’s dream
—Karen L. Moran, April 29, 2016
*Cyvra—Karen Moran is the daughter of Topanga artists, Cy and Vera Wood, pioneers who dubbed their studio workshop with this contraction of their first names.
On Selfless Boulevard
We drive for a prescription to the Valley.
It’s rush hour but there is no traffic!
I feel a flush of pride for my community,
families self quarantined at home
with children, dogs, cats,books,
garden trees that stand quietly swaying,
their vigil and this empty boulevard
persuading me my people shelter
unaided by the merciless and the greedy
whose icons disguised as “an economy”
so abruptly collapse on working people,
hospitals, schools, doctors, nurses, the dying.
We are joined by the heart to our neighbors
self-quarantined against an invisible foe
to heal and re-create what our country
must awaken as compassion and mortal love.