Dick is a writer, attorney, and political activist living in Vista, California. He is the author of Paying the Rent, an autobiograpical account of anti -war and civil rights activism in the 1960’s and beyond. The book is available on Amazon.
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We watch them descend toward
a small airport grown from hobbyists
hotshots and crop dusters for the
groves that lined the valleys like
green carpet spotted with orange
after World War II. The groves
are long gone and small jets now
bring executives from Japan
and Silicone Valley to business parks
in gleaming hi-tech buildings
soon to be left behind
in the onward rush of cause and effect.
The first hotshots and barnstormers
had been pilots in WWI and flew
loop-de-loops for picnicking families
in fields out of town on Sundays,
stood in soup lines and marched
to D.C. for food in ‘32. No work
for warriors after the war, they
camped on the National Mall
as generations have, looking for
someplace to land in America.