Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Acacia's Tree

 

*An excerpt from a draft of a story I was working on a couple of years ago.  I decided to let it go.  My heart wasn't fully in it.  Nonetheless, I thought it would make a nice post.  


Those kind of churches remind me of cults is the sentence that would giveaway to the eventual tilt in Acacia’s posture.   But for now she was content.  She was content wearing her rose tinted shades as her left and right foot created syncopated clicks against the gravel mix pavement.  She allowed the sound to calm her, to lull her as she walked the length of the parking lot to the stairs of the church.  When she reached the stair she hesitated as one does when they sense the wiling away of instinct - a kind of rolling pause to fight and flight. She raised each leg with care, taking notice of how each time her foot landed it wobbled.  She brushed her unsteadiness off as an inconsequential side-effect of wearing stilettos even though she had glided in this same pair like a blade across butter a week prior.  Once she reached the top of her short climb she looked up in an attempt to take in the light of the day only to find that the roofing did not allow.  With a sigh, she lowered her head and fixed her gaze on the stained glass window of the church door...wrapped her hand around its gold plated handle and pulled it to. 

With her shades on, the lighting was reminiscent of dinner theater ambiance...dimmed for the illusion of intimacy.  With her shades off, the difference was marginal...revealing the quasi brightness of improper wattage.  ‘Why does it feel dim in here?’  She quickly dissolved the cohesiveness of her first mind ‘Uh, uh,’ shaking her head from side to side not wanting it to stir self.  She didn’t want to pay heed to unifying thoughts like, ‘I feel a little off in some way…I don’t know.’  ‘Maybe this is a little too soon to meet his church family.’  ‘What exactly does “spirit unification church” mean anyway?’  The latter a much needed follow-up to the quickly composed and unrelated addendum to a phone conversation about movies six days ago. 

“Oh, yea…about your visit this coming Sunday…my church is a spirit unification church.  It’s not a big thing but I just wanted to mention it.  And too, I really like that light green dress you wore to class the other day.  You don’t wear dresses that much and I enjoyed seeing you in it.  Seeing you in a dress…I don’t know…it just does something to me.”  She could hear Bret’s smile - a brew of charm and latent conceit.  Acacia had happily agreed without noticing how Bret had slid a sheet of paper dotted with fine print under the door of their conversation...flattered her into signing away her love of kicks and jeans.  Acacia had agreed and, in turn, could feel the hem of her thin cotton dress ebb across her ankles like a low tide as she walked the center aisle and placed herself in the third pew from the right with credulous ease.

The beginning of the service was like small vignettes leading up to the principal act - choir sings, prayer, choir sings, responsive reading and then the choir sings.  It was a standard show of order, tradition heavily salted with spirited hand claps and amens.  Church was not an inherited habit for Acacia.  She had grown up with parents who treated church like a whim act of going out for pizza.  They only went when they had a taste for its greasy cheese.  So church was more of an affinity, a doe-eyed fondness bred in hot, sticky-air Savannah summers with her Baptist Grandmother.  She enjoyed it, admired it as a girl does a Barbie – wishing her skin was smooth, wishing her hair was silky-long, wishing the rotundity of her form would morph into those curve-less dimensions.  Church and beauty - sanctioned worthiness.  Presence without scorn.  She enjoyed it, allowing all the preliminaries to erect framework within her void.   She began to believe that the pomp of this foreign land would build her, make her whole.  She enjoyed the idea of it all, the notion that she was blessed to receive what thus saith the Lord...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Love Note #7

 
 
Boyfriend,

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!  I believe this makes our 19th year!  You have been my boyfriend for nearly two decades.  Wow!  We were kids.  We were kids holding hands in the breezeway and stealing kisses in the thresholds.  And now we have kids...three stars...three little shining ones.  The Most High brought us together and said, "Let there be Light!" 

I am sitting here reminiscing...I don't believe I knew my smile to be pretty until you spoke it.  I have a school picture from Chapel Hill in which I smiled without parting my lips...what one does when they are afraid to show themselves fully.  But then one day a handsome young man said 'hello' and before I knew it I was bearing my teeth in a innocent grin with a returned response of 'hello'...then through a wormhole I went and now I am here.  And with the ups and downs...the pain and joy it always comes back to that moment.   
 
Light as Life...from a girl to a woman who wields her gladness in a gap without pause in every greeting.   One moment...a lifetime in a hello and a smile.  One moment...the Light at the beginning of the tunnel.   Time as Relativity...as long as we are able to see the Light we'll always have the ability to return to our first Love.   Back to the Future we go... 

Love, the Great Light...cleft and let us hide our soul in thee.  Amen...Ase :)

*smiling with a toothy grin* Hello back at ya,
Girlfriend 


 



The sun has come.
The mist has gone.
We see in the distance our long way home.
I was always yours to have.
You were always mine.
We have loved each other in and out
in and out
in and out
of time.

~Maya Angelou

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Cloudy Day



The Sun Is Shining
Behind cumulus love and gray scale memories

The Sun Is Shining
Behind me

I am aware that behind the drear is the friendship I once knew.  But today I feel cumulus and gray.  I am overcast with the disappointment of unfaithful empathy.  They had it.  They had it.  And they had it.  But never me.  Strangers are offered an open palm to hold with one hand and with the other I am left to pry open a fist.  Each time I hugged you hoping to release the clench of your fingers I felt lighter on my feet. Did you know that loneliness floats? It drifts in an achromatic sky as gathered tears. 




 


“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”    ~Bob Marley