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2 Poems by Daniel Patrick Roche

SAMOA COOKHOUSE

i

Barren, gray and goldenrod
its parking lot materializes
from a green and flooded trail.
Twisting under a slate sky
the Barn Red Cookhouse
juts out with alien presence
Lumber relics adorn the walls:
tandem saws and hardhats
totems of Sierra redwood.
Monochrome photos
interrupt
these sundry heirlooms.
Cafeteria lunchroom tables
checkered tablecloths
and thick plastic.
The grill scores the left wall.
Breakfast scents drift.
A buttery siren call from the cold.

ii

Our angel­headed waiter
has a very Neal Cassady look.
Sun­bleached hair framing
an interesting and tan face.

Rattling off the history of the Cookhouse
He executes our order with manic energy.
We bite into the pancakes. They are fluffy, hot,
and drenched in thick syrup

CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS

We were surrounded
by nature’s bounty:
Lassen’s ashen caves
and glaciers carve
through creeping forest,
Carr’s waterfalls sing
through Whiskeytown,
and the Sacramento courses
through Cantara Loop’s spill.
Redding’s beauty marred
by the lazy, banal, and ugly
numbly partaking
in sacraments of tears­­
their children’s, neighbors.

                                                                                                                                           

Daniel Patrick Roche is a writer, organizer, and UC Berkeley alumnus living in Northern California. His work has appeared in New Verse News, The Camel Saloon, and Dead Snakes and is forthcoming in Referential Magazine.

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