documenting document

things we drive past:
in-use drive-in on coronado ave
a cardboard telephone pole sign announcing yard sales
a front yard tire-sale arranged so well that even though none of us own a car, we consider stopping

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painted electrical boxes and a triton-like mascot
but beyond that, nothing else looks familiar
the difference between riding through the same place
on different roads

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erin in the front seat photo-snapping
we are in a document
moving through a document
becoming document
documenting document
documenting becoming document
documented we are more ‘free’ here than others

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home of the avocado
is one way of saying escondido as we
set out on gravel
heading south

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i understand tijuana in a new light
how its proximity to the border
determines the undocumented distance

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flowers, none of which i know the names of:
tiny peach with five petals and purple center
wild yellow, the same kind that fill up fields become seas
on the canyon run
purple, light purple and dark purple statice (ok, i know one name)
red cactus bud
white paper poppy-like, who needs kleenex when…

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i love that guy riding a bike and eating a sandwich!
i call out from the back
while a guy rides a bike while eating a sandwich
handlebar in his left hand
sandwich in his right
this song surfacing

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under the flight path we photograph
too late for lunch and too early for dinner
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locust-logo on skateboard wall-mounted near our booth
i imagine a maxamillion from 15 years ago here

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a few blocks from ‘home’
we remember watching the video for this song
and i say i remember how they sang with huge-wide open mouths
what i don’t say is something about the forest they sing in

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we clear the way for family style at the roost
set the hot pot up and scramble with warped chopsticks for
dumplings
‘fish’ balls
shrivelies
mock duck