The folks at UC Santa Cruz are inviting community members to submit an “Ode to Santa Cruz” in a contest to find the best poem extolling the virtues (or vices) of Santa Cruz. The winner will get two free tickets to the upcoming performance by Garrison Keillor on May 13 and — this is the best part — Keillor himself will read the winning entry on stage.
The deadline is 4 p.m. on May 6, and submissions should be no more than a page. Here’s more info.
I thought, as a way to get the creative juices of the community going, I’d kick things off with:
I think that I will never see/
A parking spot near the beach that’s free
Do not go gentle down a Santa Cruz street/
Rage, rage against the eating of meat.
Wow, I could do this all day
Because I could not stop for the weird guy in lime-green spandex playing ‘Lady of Spain’ on the accordion/
He kindly stopped for me
Twas brillig and the slithy toves/
Did pogonip and branciforte in the bonny doon
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?/
Thou art more foggy and more choked with drivers asking for directions
Just one more:
Two roads diverged on 17 and I –/
I took the one that wasn’t Ocean Street,/
And that has made all the difference.
OK, Santa Cruz, now it’s your turn. Represent!