• The Box 69: SPRING GREEN

    Color: Spring Green
    April 8, 2011
    Song: "Anytime Anyplace" Janet Jackson

    Farm Queens and Mountain Women
    For my sweet friend, Carla (Carlita Josephina) Houser!

    Wild and loose and free
    Fall 1993.
    Across the room
    Beneath a dim light
    I saw nothing but shadows
    Except her.
    This Farm Queen smiled
    Illuminating the Mountain Woman's darkness.
    While everything around us was dying
    Turning shades of burnt orange
    And vivid violet
    In death,
    She gave me spring green
    Life and Love.

    Bitter cold
    Winter 1993
    The wind blows blizzard.
    Face freezes up
    Cracks up
    And falls off
    Running from Gibbons to the library.
    It's too cold to linger
    And yet
    The Farm Queen and the Mountain Woman walked
    All the way to Anthony Seeger
    From Mrs Greens in Chandler
    Just to have longer with each other
    Branches barely hold from the ice and snow
    But love is budding bold in spring green.

    Time to leave
    And leaves arrive
    Spring 1994
    My time in the valley was nearing an end
    She nearing the end of the beginning again.
    The Mountain Woman was Cali bound.
    The Farm Queen Holding close
    Not to let go
    Love was being tested
    Will it hold in the spring rains
    Of distance and parting.
    Spring green love is born of rain
    And grows.

    Breeze is no ease.
    Summer 1994
    She is coming my way
    The Farm Queen packed light
    Bringing only
    The scent of honey sickles
    And fresh cut grass
    And a curiosity larger than the city limits of home.
    Angels brings temptations
    And the queen's spring green
    Wilts a bit in the sun.

    The seasons continued on
    The love flourished and thrived
    All the harsh winters
    All the dying falls
    And the simmering summers.
    It is the return of spring
    The rebirth of the earth
    That reminds the Mountain Woman and her Farm Queen
    Of their
    And undying

    Not ever the end
    But always a beginning


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