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The Eclectic Pen - Salton Sea

By: ericjasongastelum   + 52 more  
Date Submitted: 1/3/2009
Words: 313

  i stand at the edge of the shore on an old farm. i watch the lights flashing over the far end of the sea, opposite of me. in the distance there is a storm. it is being violent. it is being loud, and beautiful. it is pulling the air, rushing by me, for fuel. i feel her skin with hair brush my arm. i look to my left, but whip suddenly to my right as my bones shake and the light cracks the sky in half all the way down to the water. my heart throbs in its keep, and i wait for that feeling again. the feeling on my arm, brushing with a comfort, irritating with lust i have never felt.

my mind rushed as the wall of rain came closer and closer. the wind blowing the desert dust further and further to the coast. i know that everyone on I-5 can see these beautiful clouds about to black out the sky. i take my mouth and use the mechanics i am, my body and my structure, and hover over her face to kiss her forehead as the sun screams, "good night, west coast! you'll look the same now as you have the past fifty years -- buildings reaching the sky, and roads touring you to the next city. take me for granted, given without cost."

they call this the Salton Sea. it's where rough-skinned lovers bleed their hearts into one on its shore. where lightening blasts out of the clouds as soon as the thunder calls the name of g-d for more energy to go on. titanic clouds loom over beautiful peach-pale bodies, bodies that cloud their minds while they sleep with fantastic vivid color and emotion-bleeding dreams. this is the imperial valley, where no one comes to vacate from their normal tragic lives.

but, once in a while, you may find yourself here.

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Marta J. (booksnob) - 1/5/2009 5:44 PM ET
I see you've given us a re-issue. I thought it was beautiful at first reading and like it even more now.
Carl R. (carl) - 1/5/2009 9:48 PM ET
Good stuff. I like the geographic movement throughout the story.
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