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by Cindy Rinne
Her body broken like the ceramic shards of a doll. Is there beauty in the sharp edges? She reaches for the sky. Stars press close. Cloud People help her fly. Pull. Hold on. She crouches and covers her head amidst a meteor shower. Unfolds and places a star in front of her face. She transfers her energy into the mask. Light flows. First horse, Celeria, comes near. They glide— follow a fluid ribbon in the sky. Water pours like ambient sounds. A ritual to put her body back together.
A Montage of Leaving
I can eat chocolate alone but decide to invite Mary for a picnic by the pond. I’ve known her a long time. I wake early and go to the corner store. Select midnight swirl, maple crunch, and hazelnut. Silky ganache, creamy pralines, dark chocolate raspberry- filled artisan truffles. Rich, dark, and smooth. Next, gather mint leaves from my garden to steep. I bring a blanket and mint tea. We sit on the plaid throw in stillness. Eat slowly. Melting, sweet, messy. Sip the steaming tea. Moisture fogs my glasses. I’m eating chocolates with a primitive spirit. Wild geese honk and come near. We are not afraid. We laugh over the hum of bees. She points out the blue irises. I enjoy this last bite. Candy flows like a stream in my mouth as it fades into the horizon. Melts into a tide of quiet tears. It’s bitter that she’s gone. Yet, I am grateful for the gift of seeing, sensing about nature and life in her writings. The first time I saw her read, she held the room in silence. No dramatic performance. Few words introduce each poem. Just the magical breath of each syllable. Even the sad and difficult were gentle. I was a new writer like the seeds of a cocoa tree. I absorbed the nutrients of her thoughts. Her poems watered me by soaking into ripe soil. Filled my thirst. Now I say farewell.
Cindy Rinne creates fiber art and writes in San Bernardino, CA. A Pushcart nominee. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, art exhibits, and dance performances. Author of: The Feather Ladder (Picture Show Press), Words Become Ashes: An Offering (Bamboo Dart Press), Today in the Forest with Toti O’Brien (Moonrise Press), and others. Her poetry appeared in: The Journal of Radical Wonder, Mythos Magazine, Verse-Virtual, and others. www.fiberverse.com