DUBLIN, CA–The City of Dublin kicked off a year of celebrating its 40th Anniversary at last night’s City Council meeting (held exactly 40 years after Dublin’s incorporation on February 1, 1982). James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, California and Founder of Viewless Wings) recited an original poem written for the City of Dublin’s 40th Anniversary celebration at last night’s City Council meeting.
It was an honor, as Dublin’s Poet Laureate, to be asked to write and recite a poem to kick-off the City of Dublin’s 40th Anniversary.James Morehead
At the crossroads Copyright 2022 James Morehead, Poet Laureate - Dublin, California Two decades ago we drove over the Sunol Grade, our move out west a blur. A colleague suggested Dublin, no more familiar than the collage of cities between Oakland and San Jose. We made our new home here on a parcel carved from rich clay soil, surrounded by immigrants like us, a diverse chorus of voices, languages and cultures. In time neighbors became friends. We learned about the Muwekma Ohlone surveying hills and valleys for ten thousand years, and of Missions and prospectors, their names embossed on school signs from Murray to Fallon to Kolb. We've felt Dublin winds soar over Schaefer Ranch, Pacific fog in tow, basked in midsummer's endless blue and awoken to mountains draped in white by a fierce winter storm. We’ve argued at Board meetings as families do, passionate and proud then reconciled in churches and playgrounds in backyards and bleachers and shoulder to shoulder cheering Irish dancers and marching Gaels in an emerald parade. We've held hands in prayer as loved ones passed or drifted away Yet—we'll always be here gathering at the crossroads, for the promise of tomorrow. (for the 40th Anniversary of the City of Dublin)