Please grant us your permission

to restore our former views.

We don’t see what the city gains

by insisting that we lose.

From our deck we used to see

Haystack, beach and surf.

Now all we see is sky,

a wall of dune and turf.

What makes the top 10 feet of dune

so sacred it must stay?

What would the city lose?

We’re not asking it to pay.

Two of my three grandkids are

too small to climb the dune.

The extra height I carry them

cannot be cut too soon.

Please treat us like good neighbors,

which we believe we are.

Not like some nuisance nemesis

punished from afar.

I explained the situation

to my grandson who is six.

He said he didn’t think the problem

should be that hard to fix.

He said, “Tell the City Council

to think and do what’s fair.”

So, all I ask of Cannon Beach

is to treat us fair and square.

David Dornbusch

Oakland, California


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