Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hahamongna Blog Day.

Here Is A Place

[*excerpted* *cut* *not whole any longer*]

. . . There is there.
All our looking at things
should not make there
There is not here . . .

Here is a place, Hahamongna,
where two fingers touch.

On July 12th, the Pasadena City Council will decide whether to proceed with a plan to build soccer fields in Hahamongna Watershed Park, between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Arroyo Seco. I may write poetry, but I am also a soccer mom. My daughter belongs to the AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) Region 13 (Pasadena, Altadena, La Canada). By definition, by regulation, all soccer fields are the same. Thus there is always an alternative soccer field. Yet Hahamongna Watershed Park is unique. Why would we choose to replace what is rare with what is routine?

More information about the proposals to build soccer fields in Hahamongna Watershed Park, the five unique habitat zones that make up the park, and what you can do to protest this proposal, is located at

and at the following local blogs, all of whom are participating in this online day of protest:

Altadena Above It All
Altadena Hiker
A Thinking Stomach
East of Allen
Finnegan Begin Again
LA Creek Freak
Mister Earl's Musings
My Life With Tommy
Pasadena Adjacent
Pasadena Daily Photo
Pasadena Latina
The Sky Is Big In Pasadena
Webster's Fine Stationers Web Log
West Coast Grrlie Blather

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  1. "All our looking at things
    should not make there

    Linda, this is superb.

  2. Beautiful. I hope you don't mind, I'm printing this.

  3. Of course you had to write a poem. Show off ;)

  4. Thanks, guys.

    (Margaret: suck it. ;-) )

    All modesty aside, it's still a rough draft. I decided that's okay. Thanks so much for the idea of this blog day....

  5. You made me laugh a great big BOha laugh just now, Linda.

  6. Thank you for this poem, Linda. Thank you also for making the point about soccer field sameness.

  7. Linda, how beautiful the poem and sentiment behind it!

  8. Thanks for the poem and for sharing the voice of someone who has a child who is playing soccer. It will be good to share that those who have family members involved in the game also care deeply about Hahamongna.