Winter Desert Sky, Joshua Tree I swear I saw forever last night at midnight from my bed from my bedroom window in our tiny desert rental but that it could have been high noon, so full and bright was the moon out over the desert. I swear there was no ground, no yuccas, no cacti, no shadows underneath the yuccas or cacti, no animal carousers, only blackness and black sharps pointing like fingers at the distant mountains that I swear looked like a long serrated knife held up against a throat of blue as if threatening it, threatening to free itself in search of a better heaven maybe but I swear I heard no howl at the slide of jagged steel on celestial flesh but that it left its mark along the blade’s edge and in the tint of wound on the cosmos like the froth I’ve seen at the seashore that it tipped from navy to burgundy to lavender to salt white foam like an ombre chiaroscuro I swear looked like the sky was bleeding alone in utter darkness at her demolishment at the violence but that she held fast to her mantle so determined was she to birth stars she tossed about her like they were nothing, like they were white caps on an open sea and I swear she pulled her mantle closer around her and to the desert, dear earth, as if by prior covenant so intent was she upon protecting what was sacred, this place, this creature pleasure, this minute, this hour, hers, ours an honor she bestowed in her embrace that burned like a secret between us, an oath between lovers, brothers, sisters, strangers no more, better because one dared to rouse to witness and one dared to be what she was an ocean of sky.
Maryrose Smyth lists her passions as: art, family and preserving a one woman artist’s preserve in the tiny canyon where she and her family live in Los Angeles where she says humor and a working blue Bic pen are her basically her only policies.
This is so vivid. Sitting in New England, I am there.
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