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    31st March 2014

    24 lines to describe the last 2 years of my life…

    Dear friends and family,

    I wrote a poem to describe the last year of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

    I spent time with 9th graders in South Central L-A
    Then moved on to farm kids in central C-A
    I nearly went crazy at a middle school in Watts
    The students talked lots and lots and lots
    I changed one more time to a different type of school
    Closer to home – no more train or carpool
    I ended up surrounded by dropouts and thugs
    And mommies and daddies who used lots of drugs
    Pregnant teenagers and boys newly free
    And a few other teachers much older than me
    Back in Long Beach, with new roommates each week
    One Egyptian, another Chinese
    One by craigslist, and two from SC
    And one last one from my church family
    A good church I found of the Covenant variety
    Swedish it’s not, except by society
    This town is surprisingly good for biking
    So no surprise it’s taken to my liking
    It’s amazing to think that just three years ago
    I still lived in Colorado
    I moved to California with just one friend
    Now I have plans for every weekend
    I hope that you’re well – wherever you live
    Come visit me soon…

    I live 5 minutes from the beach and 25 minutes from Disneyland. That doesn’t rhyme, it’s just true – so seriously, come visit!

    P.S. It’s Swim With Mike week – support my swim and all of the recipients of the physically challenged athletes scholarship! https://swimwithmike.org/fundraisers/Daryl-Holmlund-fundraiser/pledge

    Copyright 2005 by Daryl Holmlund - All rights reserved.