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Decomposing Crystal Ridge
by Erin E Kelly-Moen
Thursday, April 10, 2003
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It had been years since I had seen it,
discovered on one of my first explorations,
my short walking forays into nature’s desert lair,
of this not-so-barren land. Starting at the tiny rural rental,
where we had waited for a vacant mining house for 3 months,
a short scramble down the hill, across the old graveled road,
follow the wash to the secured, wobbly barbed-wire fence
protecting the eerily echoing under-compartments
of the long bridge, from cattle passagings,
through my pick of several concrete
rectangles, cool and creepily lit,
stumbling over monsoon
rubble, working my
way, towards
the light.

It was freedom and liberty, of a kind,
traversed with joyful caution, various sorts
of animal tracks caused trepidations, a wondering,
imagination created danger. I was enthralled, mesmerized,
I was in the Wild, no human occupied land seen around me,
no visuals to comfort me, the wash led me forwards,
an easy path, strewn with rocks of unknown origin.
Fascinating, and there, sandy soil depressing
and hindering my progress, undaunted,
I continue. Soaring blue skies overlap
mornings heat, trickles of sweat
dewdrop my form, trekking
inward, towards my relief,
I espy a wispy funnel,
drawing me

sideways, showing different aspects
of aridness. My water bottle sweating and wet,
I follow this new path, skirting scratching thorns,
delving into wildflowers chosen path, the rebirth of their
times, trickles of viney water, nourishing a few new, scraggly
replicas of floral lives, dusty olives and greeny
browns, woven into cacti’s reaching spines.
And I see novelties appear, roughish
looking crystals, abnormally
shaped, creating curvatures
in quartz-hard exteriors,
lapses in perfect lines,
raggedness pervades
and straight angles
are void.

I stand, amazed, in my awarenesses,
seeking the reason behind the strangeness.
Decomposition, before its time, I conclude, a
metamorphosis, undefined by alignment of yardsticks
egotistical human-framed mime, negating rigidness of mind,
showing all properties of Time, and regulated by Life
and its forever renewing mysteries, sublimed into
nuances of rhyme, runnels of the divine medium
of combined experiences, shrived of lessening,
gaining apocalyptic reasoning into
humanistic leavening as I reach
my hand to touch and gather
the twisted gifts of my
planet, unlimited by
expectations of

a new-birthed cry
of Being.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
© Copyright 4/10/03

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Reviewed by Debra Brown (Reader) 4/12/2003
Erin, this is sublimely poetic. Artful and lovely...
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 4/12/2003
W o w ~!! And shapely, too:). Phyllis
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/11/2003
wonderfully vivid description of an amazing journey !!
Reviewed by William Bonilla 4/11/2003
Excellent write, wonderful imagery

Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 4/11/2003
Erin, Thank You for taking us on this thrilling adventure! I liked the last stanza best and the ending was great! ~Joseph
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 4/11/2003
I agree with the others...what a writer you are Erin....ty, Dani
Reviewed by the phantom pheonix (Reader) 4/11/2003
this was a wonderfully vivid description of a amazing journey awesome job on this oen
Reviewed by Lisa 4/11/2003
I loved the last part the best, the journey always has sublime messages when you're in natures grip doesn't it?
Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster 4/11/2003
Wonderful imagery....fantastic write.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 4/11/2003
Erin, you never cease to amaze me. Expertly done and love the structure.
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 4/11/2003
imagery was perfect...great write...BHUWAN
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 4/10/2003
I loved the form you used here, and this poem is outstanding!

Reviewed by Bobbi Duffy 4/10/2003
terrific form and content. I could actually see the place in my mind. great job.
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 4/10/2003
I love this write and the form
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 4/10/2003
Wow...this is brilliant !
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