Oh, Santa Cruz! Bluest county
in the bluest blue state blue.
Blue ocean blue.
Blue morning sky blooming at the horizon,
commingling air and light
and whitecaps blue.
Blue mist spinning figures spectral
along the shoreline blue.
Blue ice plant on the cliff I
wrestled in with my husband
when we first met,
puppies in love blue.
Blue ocean I dive into,
swim with mermaids,
feel my legs scale, my feet tail
as I skin slip liquid
with my nautical sisters,
kick, twist, fin bluer blue.
Blue breath blue.
Blue whale mapping the depths
of Monterey canyon,
of krill, spinning underwater stars,
before crossing the bay
stitching back and forth along the rocks
at the yacht harbor
—Oh, lonely whale!—putting on a show
for sunbather’s applause blue.
Blue fog layering surrounding mountain ranges
shades of sawtooth blue.
Blue bruised shadows of protesters
from all walks fanning out
beneath the town clock,
larger-than-life ideologies blue.
Blue-haired Raging Grannies
belting out folk songs of protest blue.
Blue grey carcass of the last beached whale
decomposing in Davenport shale blue.
Blue breathless blue.
Blue heron dipping yellow beak
into eternal waters blue.
Blue sea glass rolled over and over
with every other color, sea glass rainbow blue.
Blue cotton candy at the Boardwalk blue.
Blue steel—oh, stay away!—cargo ships
at the horizon, stay away from our whales,
our dolphins, our mermaids blue.
Blue ocean imbibing the cement ship
carcass, inch by yearly inch we witness
the slowest burial at sea ever blue.
Blue womb-waters birthing seals and sharks
plankton and anemones
starfish and otters and surfers blue.
Blue prayers hushed into clasped hands:
Unitarian hands, Catholic hands, Jewish hands,
Episcopalian, Islamic, atheist hands,
anarchist hands, Democratic hands,
Republican hands, Peace and Freedom hands,
Mexican, Japanese, African American hands,
Caucasian hands, Pacific Islander hands, woman hands,
man hands, LGBT hands blue.
Blue my pink pussy heart’s wish
in the bluest state
in the bluest country
within a beautiful blue world blue.