2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10 | Foreign Word Prompt | WritersDigest.com

For Day 10 of the Chapbook Challenge on Robert Brewer’s blog Poetic Asides, write a poem using a foreign word or phrase.

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2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10 | Foreign Word Prompt | WritersDigest.com.

Here is mine: (can you tell? I am a refugee from Southern California.)

Arroyo Seco

The riverbed,
usually dry
emerges
from a canyon
in the
Sierra Madre
Mountains,
Its boulder-choked
bed lies
between bedroom
communities
on land
once crossed
by Spanish
padres visiting
neighboring
missions.
Now, after fires,
when floods
race down
scantily forested
slopes and check
dams fail,
the channel
is choked
with roiling
waters. That
is the way
of Alta
California,
sometimes
not enough,
and other times,
far too much.
If you don’t
watch out,
it can wash
you away.

Here is a link to a painting of a historic bridge over the Arroyo in Pasadena, California. http://www.zazzle.com/historic_bridge_over_the_arroyo_seco_fine_art_prin_poster-228958397876997137

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