...from "Ode to Santa Cruz," _New & Selected Poems_. Red Hen Press,
'a sidewalk of broken glass,
a street filled with jewels.
Loma Prieta, The Earthquake of the Dark Hill,
place, this place, always coming back from a disaster.
Natural beauty and unnatural events,
jazz, blues, canoes, tattoos,
I bow and give thanks to the muse,
'Santa Cruz, O Santa Cruz!'
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Causes Robert Sward Supports
Audubon Society, National Geographic, "Green," the Environment, SPCA...