“Chinle” poem by Melissa Beasley; and “Self Portrait Off An Old Photograph” art by Erik Kaye

"Self Portrain Off An Old Photograph," painting by Erik Kaye, copyright 2013

“Self Portrait Off An Old Photograph,” watercolor painting by Erik Kaye, copyright 2013

Editor’s Note: CHINLE is a strong poem by newcomer Melissa Beasley about love’s promise of redemption accompanied by the searching “Self Portrait Off An Old Photograph” watercolor by Erik Kaye.

by Melissa Beasley
copyright 2013

Dreams disturbed by too much night
Pale moon quivers then departs
Leaving tawny star that shines faint
Remembering a man from Chinle
I know him by the shape of prayer
Reflection of promise in fonts of holy water
Beneath the surface the
Redemption we have both been looking for
Blessings shared soul to soul
In places even maps don’t know
Spell staying strong
Like time, it clings
I wanted to go with him
Stay and remain there
Brushing and tying
His hair thick as blades of grass
In these warm honeyed deserts
Sweet like agave
With it’s fleshy arms
I wanted all of this but was bound
With no way of going yet
And he was taking my hand
Expecting me to leave it with him
After I learned
Hearts sometimes turn
To stone

Categories: Melissa Beasly poetry, poem by Melissa Beasley, watercolor by Erik Kaye

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