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The Valley heat was unbearable      
eradicated sunshine      
mercilessly manacled the moments slipping      
into late afternoon      
ghosting life from nature, cement and concrete.      
The road curved by the hills offering some cool breeze      
skyview of the city      
on one side      
on the way to Old Town Pasadena   
We walked aimlessly absorbing old and new      
crushing memories beneath our feet      
to rustle of palm trees      
there was nothing but stillness      
like a last lingering breath exhaled to rest at dusk      
Roads came undone against the mustard sky      
Ventura, Santa Ana and Hollywood freeways      
merged flowing seamlessly      
like a bloodstream in a heartless body      
We saw ourselves in vacant eyes of      
snake charmers, Marylin and Superman      
on the walk of fame and shame      
wearing the scent of fear      
hopelessness, piss and misery      
on skin      
reminding us      
fragility of fate; underbelly of all things      
drunks and whores      
bargaining with fool’s gold      
a block away from Scientology      
The night was indifferent      
to the moon swallowing artificial lights      
flashing on dark canvas above us      
with a five dollar Oscar in hand      
and a Slash T-shirt tattoo'd on back     
memories flickered      
in the rearview mirror      
where life is more about sadness than happiness     
Welcome to Hollywood

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Written by Vee (Rina)
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