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FF: Fake
By Erin E Kelly-Moen
Sunday, May 16, 2004

Rated "G" by the Author.

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Non-rain comes to Arizona...

The feel in the air was electrifying, the tension in her body, unbearable. Summer-hot in Arizona. Late Spring’s crafty camouflage inspired ambivalence. With Summer comes the Monsoon season, a release from endless days of heat-stroked skies. In theory.

Lizards wagged their tails knowingly; dancing winds stirred up echoes of future delight. Regardless of Nature’s promises, she began hosing drooping flowers, sending her vibrating need into the powdery earth. A dust devil playfully choked her hopes with demonic fervor. She paused in her ministering.

A muted roar of rushing, windy invitation started the palm fronds wickedly clapping their approval. The eyes of lethargic cats brightened. Desert fuzz was ripped from bushes and smattered into her eyes and mouth; flower heads lifted a fraction in hushed prayer.

She felt her nerves strum and twang; her intensity was suffocating with arid yearning. Shadowed clouds flirted with upturned eyes, chuckled thunderously in knowing anticipation, then fled with unfulfilled avowals.

And, as the allegorical storm eluded her grasp, she fractured with painful betrayal.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
© Copyright 5/16/04

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Parsons 7/7/2006
I don't live in Arizona, but have felt this disappointment many times during droughts in my part of the world. A very powerful piece of poetic prose written by an extremely talented writer.
Reviewed by Aberjhani 3/19/2006
For me, FAKE gives material life and spiritual depth to a moment that could be filled as much with threats of killing danger as it could be with promises of life-saving revelation. An exquisite literary sculpture of agony embracing ecstasy beneath the blazing Arizona sky.
Reviewed by Lori Torrio 6/2/2004
Erin: I can surely understand what you are talking about, as I live in the same area as you. The monsoon season isn't any time soon yet, but you described its capriciousness (that IS a word , isn't it?) very well. Very nice poem!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/16/2004
Very powerful piece Erin!!

Love Tinka

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