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Desert-Skinned Rainbows
by Erin E Kelly-Moen
Saturday, July 09, 2005
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It was hot, again, today,
in the desert Southwest.
The Monsoon is unusually late,
creating a miasma of
heat-related thoughts. Of
scorpion tales and rattlesnake dreams.
Of Gila Monster bites
and tarantula-walking heights.

The rabbits lay tepidly panting,
in the late afternoon shade. I
was sitting on the picnic table,
feeling gravid with arid weight.
The misters were on
in the tree branches, above,
and the errant breeze actually carried
its hopeful lode towards me,
instead of away.

The sun was slanted through the
thorned shrub above my cliff-backed garden,
soon to leave the confines of my backyard
on its heated voyage into night’s Eros-lushness.
Nighttime is when the desert thrives
in the summer. Cat forms were strewn lazily
about the yard, looking unconcerned.

The mist of the water fell upon my shoulders,
creating tingling appreciation of its essence.
I raised my right arm, up into the tiny atoms
of mist droplets, loving the feel of the water
on my parched skin. I could see the tiny hairs
on my arm, each illuminated by light. And,
I felt alive, I felt divine, for a few seconds, anyway.

I saw the prismatic principal of water gather,
in individuality, above the surface of my skin,
captured by innocuous hairs, admired its
sensuous cover. All of a sudden, the kiss
of sunshine rays exploded the liquid sheen,
into fragmented rainbows, flooding my soul
with serendipity.

For a moment, one of 'those' moments, I
beheld magic within my form, but, as we all know,
reality devours magic, and precipitates what we wish
were illusions.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
© Copyright 7/9/05
   

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Reviewed by Kate Burnside 8/12/2005
The visuals in this build and build, Erin to capture emphatically the sultriness and lethargy - all shot through by that magic moment of refreshment and vision, like finding the treasure at the end of the rainbow itself! I love these "chinks" through which other worlds can be seen - but who is to say which is the "real" one... unfortunately, we don't have x-ray or infra-red vision, otherwise I am sure the world would be a totally different place! Like my reviews: my server just went down and I am sure I have said what I wanted to say wholly differently this time around to last time! :)) Love the conceptual climax you bring us to here and the glorious paradox it sets up. Very well done, thank you. Kate xx
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 8/12/2005
This made me think of my walk this morning through the desert here in Arizona your writng is fabulous as it brought pictures to my mind.
Reviewed by Brian Pellerino 7/11/2005
EEKM,

Like your metaphors, I greedily drank this bit of perspective in. I dare say that you are perching on a crest of discovery that will change your life and the way you/we see it. I can't wait.

Peace,

B
Reviewed by Susan Barton (Reader) 7/11/2005
Delicious!
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 7/10/2005
Sigh, Erin, me sweet, here's where I should respond to the entirety of your poem with a pulse, but something in particular escorted me from my chair, figuratively speaking. That word 'precipitates' after 'monsoon' and the mist you dampened US with... that word was used with a different meaning... unpredictable? You? That and clever and smart...

It's always a pleasure and an extra prize to be completely immersed in a poem, to be embraced by its place and time. While reading this, dear one, we were together. You so often engage my senses and my head... what a grand escape, to sit inside your mind, if only for a little bit. I love this poem. katy xox
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 7/10/2005
Outstanding, this is excellent and so filled with powerful imagery, beautifully written Erin,

Reindeer
Reviewed by jude forese 7/9/2005
i'm impressed ... awesome poem ...

reality devours magic, and precipitates what we wish
were illusions.

bravo!
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 7/9/2005
Magnifique! I especially like the last stanza. You rocked it, Erin. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 7/9/2005
This is outstanding in both form and metaphor, Erin. I live in the desert also. It seems so unforgiving at times, yet it gives so much to life and spirit. There is something hauntingly peaceful about it as she spares us from her deadly grasp and coddles us in her loving embrace. Beautiful poetry!
Take care,
Sherry
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