The reason for writing will come.
Birds will peck at the lime outside your door.
The solid gray density of fall along the coast
will someday make summer again.
There’s no way to repeat
those moments on the stage,
or out on the desert with the girl
you so much loved. The desert
is still there.

Image credit:Greger Ravik

Lance Jencks has been writing poetry for fifty years. In the 1970s he earned an MFA in playwriting and a PhD in Contemporary Theatre. In the 1980s he published his verse-based roman á clef, "The Wisdom of Southern California," then toured that region with a one-man show of the same name. Lance has been an advertising copywriter, a stock-and-bond broker, and the guy who hooks your car to the chain at the car wash. He lives today in Newport Beach, California, where he was recently featured in the epic bodysurfing movie "Dirty Old Wedge" on Amazon.