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My father was San Francisco and my mother, the Pacific;
at five I was in love with nine-lane highways, the scent of
eucalyptus pressed between my fingers, yellow parchment
hills crumpled up under the eye of the sun. If I had a sunset
to myself I would curl up on a park bench like the hippies do,
and eavesdrop on the sea lions’ bedtime conversations.
Alcatraz never quite unbarred me and yet I have found
freedom in hills steep as my shoulders; I know that I am
beautiful even in the rain because I have kissed the smoke
of Berkeley and tasted her on my teeth. I was born to
dangle my legs over Golden Gate Bridge and of course,
of course I would jump – not to fall, but to fly.
some wandering thoughts before bedtime

Hi guys sorry for being MIA for a bit. Hopefully I'll be a little more active from here on out.
I haven't been entirely idle though ;) expect some lit coming this way soon.

EDIT: a daily deviation! wowwwww! omg i can't believe it! thanks so much!
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Given 2016-01-22
California by Kittify is a lovely tribute to a beautiful state that is written with clear passion and skill.  ( Suggested by brennennn and Featured by LiliWrites )
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ShawnPikul Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017
A nice walk through the place and your mind. 
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roadkillKitten Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
Beautiful and near-tangible imagery!
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Kittify Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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roadkillKitten Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
My pleasure.
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hundredsand Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a wonderful poetry and conveys  things I remember; sensual, visual, scents.
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RhaymaTheAngel Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol in the "arm pit" of C.A.
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RhaymaTheAngel Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I live in the valley so reading this really makes me feel like i am there!
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hadasaugh-sculpt Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
Hey wait a second - that's MY California! :happybounce: Wink/Razz 
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Kittify Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
glad you could relate!
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hadasaugh-sculpt Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
I can and thank you for bringing it out in me mentally again!
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Kathleanore Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016   Writer
Lovely poem! :) Feels a little bit like a poetic travel guide in a way. I love that you include smell, sound and warmth and things like that. It makes the poem very vivid and indeed I were able to smell the eucalyptus and the smoke!
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Kittify Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ahh thank you so much! I'm glad you found it evocative.
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Kathleanore Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016   Writer
:D I indeed found it so evocative that I got itchy feet and wished that I could just pack my bag and go visit that area more than ever before!
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Kittify Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhh thank you so much! if you ever get the chance to visit, you should totally take it, because it really is amazing
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Kathleanore Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016   Writer
Haha, it's just a matter of time really. Once I've saved up enough money there's nothing that could stop me :D
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Savannahrabbit Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a beautiful piece. The last line really struck me--I think a lot of us want that for ourselves. Very well written.
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Kittify Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, I'm glad you liked it!
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Moonicoon Featured By Owner Edited Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I live in the bay area, I really love this! Congrats on the DD!:heart: 
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Kittify Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so muchhhhh!
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RJBG Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
Brilliant work!
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Kittify Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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RJBG Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
Your very welcome!
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wick-y Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Student General Artist
i grew up in the bay area as well, this is beautifully written
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Kittify Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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L-Totorica Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Kinda one sided . . . there's a lot more to California then the cities.
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Kittify Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't help you there, I lived in California for about five years when I was very, very young, and this poem was based off of my impressions from back then.
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asguardian9000 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
Absolutely beautiful like something
Socrates or William Shakespeare may write and I loved every beautifully crafted word props to you for your DD and to many more~<3 :meow: :meow: :heart: :heart: :love: :love: :squee: :squee:
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Kittify Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness thank you so much!!!
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asguardian9000 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
Np you deserve it~<3 *hugs*
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Kittify Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
//hugs back
Hhhhh thnx
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asguardian9000 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
Again you deserve it so np~<3
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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Kittify Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you sky much!!!
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My Pleasure (1) by daniya-ART
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Kittify Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
/so
Sorry autocorrect
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Mythception Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Hmm, interesting! I've crossed the GG a great deal of times, so I've gotta tell you - they actually have a suicide net under that bridge because apparently a lot of people tried to jump.
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Kittify Featured By Owner Edited Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! and a net? yee gosh. I've only ever seen the crazy ol fencing and such

but then again it's been about ten years since I've actually lived in CA so it could be a new development :P
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Mythception Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah, they have that across the Bay Bridge too, which is the other - frankly less famous, but better with traffic - bridge. There's so many people walking across it at all hours, and the railing is low enough that I'm not surprised they have a net.
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Kittify Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah I only remember the old (ugly) Bay Bridge (which wasn't so great with traffic either), but they have a new one up now I think.
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Mythception Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Student General Artist
It depends on which one you went on. Traffic can still get bad though. This one has an upper and lower layer, with one flow of traffic going into the city on the top, and traffic leaving the city on the bottom, I think, or vice versa (since I use the GG more). I just think the Golden Gate isn't as fast as the Bay Bridge because it has less lanes and more tourists, so you get a lot of people just stopped on the side of the road taking snaps of the city. They get herded off by highway patrol pretty quickly though, haha.
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