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Apr. 1st, 2006 | 06:39 pm

this old woman was I
my face weather-beaten

and permanently etched
as land of a barren land
is etched with cracks and fissures

so my face - dry and parched
was branded with wrinkles
like cracks in hard, unfertile desert rock

one day as i sat in a coffee shop
writing down my favorite gloom tales,
a little girl passed me by
holding her mommy's hand

i managed a little smile
she smiled back... in that smile, i was smiled
i was smiled by someone...

and as if a tectonic shift was happening,
i felt my nose twitch and the wrinkles were stirred

the canyons at the corners of my mouth started upturning
as if seismic waves ripple through a barren rock land,
the configuration of my facing started shifting...

as plates and land masses start moving,
the inter-wrinkular regions of my face started being stirred
as they changed

and there... there it was:
a smile on the face of this old woman

the cracks and wrinkles were still there,
but now rearranged to allow emotion through

as the earthquake stirs up untouched rock
to form new cracks and change the old ones...
as some rock mass is pushed aside in the collision of plates
in slow motion, yet within moments
as other formations rise up,
my face started twisting... and distorting....

my mouth now upturned....
my nose now broadened out...
crinkles at the edge of my eyes...

the name of the canyon now needs to be changed.

i looked up again and saw the little girl exiting...
she had her back to me... but if i saw her face,
i knew that is what rainbow brite would have looked like
if the collective image had taken a bodily form...

Color does reach the colorless, the barren, the unseen...

Comments {3}

From: ex_calicoey
Date: Apr. 1st, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)

Hello dearest. I have missed you as of late. I hope you are well :)

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From: lady_god_diva
Date: Apr. 4th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)

I've really missed you too. I wanted to hear some updates on your life. Maybe you could ask karmaq for my contact info? I was hoping there would be some way I'd see or talk to you regularly.

lots of love.

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From: ex_calicoey
Date: Apr. 9th, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)

You can email me your contact info through my LJ email addy:


I'd love to hear from ya.

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