Kissing a man on New Year’s Eve
exploring the unfamiliar as the familiar falls apart
an installation on Valentine’s Day
this ain’t no coincidence
the interior life again
reflected in the mirror.
Kindness of strangers
and from perfect friends
a trip to Joshua tree
the illumination of a full moon
spilling down on the lavender rocks
laughter that turned back time.
A misguided reconciliation
a powerful illusion
an emerald ocean on Moonstone Beach
dolphins playing for my amusement
seeking out the calm of wild things
who do not take their lives
with the forethought of grief
and in that moment, I am free.
Summer Solstice in Ojai
a boat ride in the lake in our underwear
discussing life with a few birds
who crawled inside my blouse
a fleeting experience
my fingers slipping.
Waiting in line
for the roller coaster ride
until the Henna Warrior rises from the ashes
in full dress and painted face
an abrupt ending
on the heels of the Eve of Hallow
in a cheap motel with bad reception
Threatening to change my name of El Nino
it things don’t improve.
Another year older
still a mere trial of a life
always surprised by how little I know
connecting to things
nothing remains the same
as even this moment descends
off the thin edge of my mind.