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Portrait of Yesenia

Yesenia worked at a Montessori School in Antelope Valley, California, USA. She was originally from San Fernando Valley and went to  Sylmar High School  But at the time of this interview, she lived in Antelope Valley, California.

Yesenia loved her job at the Montessori school because of the kids. Yesenia shared that, “Every time they come in, they have this smile and say, ‘Miss Yesenia.” This gave her a tremendous amount of joy.

Yesenia said she came in every morning at 6:30 AM and did her usual cleaning, “made sure the bathrooms had enough toilet paper and that there was enough soap for the children to use.” Then she would go and clean the rooms and then she would go to the kitchen and help prepare the snacks for the kids.

Yesenia did all the yard work for the playgrounds, the janitorial work, and maintenance such as when the toilet broke. After Yesenia finished all her chores, she asked the teachers and other staff if they needed any help. Yesenia liked to stay busy, be helpful, and be happy. She was exactly the kind of person you’d want around your children.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin ©2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please

Portrait of Ann-1

I met Ann when I went to make pictures of poppies (see below), and she happened to come to the same location, at the same time, to do the same thing. However, she probably made much better pictures than I made because, as a landscape photographer, she made photographs to successfully sell at an event in Carlsbad, California, USA. She also had a much better camera.

Ann was a retired school principal from West Wind Elementary School in the Lancaster School District. She was an elementary school principal for 15 years, and prior to that, she was a teacher for 15 years. She graduated from Antelope Valley High School and San Diego State University.

At the time of this posting, Ann lived in San Diego, California, USA, but she was born and raised in Lake Hughes, California, USA. She made pictures of the poppies almost every year and came up from San Diego this year just to enjoy the magnificent harvest.

Ann’s lovely landscape photography may be seen on her website Photo’s by Ann.

Famous Poppies of Antelope Valley, California, USA

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

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Popsicle on a Stick

Lancaster Municipal Stadium with F-18 on a Stick

Lancaster Municipal Stadium with F-18 on a Stick

I live in Antelope Valley, which is more than one city, but the Valley has one theme in common and that is Aerospace. The City of Lancaster has an Aerospace Walk of Honor, and for a monument, you can see an old F-4, mounted. The Air Force community calls this static display a Popsicle on a stick.

There are Popsicles on Sticks all over Antelope Valley, even in front of our farm team stadium. So that is what I decided to write this poem about. I threw in some imagry on baseball, food, smells, Popsicles and sticks.

Popsicle on a Stick

don’t drink
much at home
but at the
it’s delicious

first glance
not-world class
but good enough
in any language

salon du chocolate
it is not
but someone got
taken out
for a dog or two

diesel overpower
rosin scent, over
ash, hickory, maple
and beer that smells
like stinky cheese

pop tail
wind tail
wind pipe
it’s on a stick

on a stick
with a bat
club on strike
whack a mole
thwack it back


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City Songs for Poetics

Today, I wrote the poem for D’verse Poetry prompt by Gabriella to write about a city. But the City I live by is Lancaster, CA so I chose to write about the closest thing to a square, the display in front of the stadium.

Image credits: The Hangar, home of the Lancaster JetHawks Lancaster, California