Excerpt
from
Tracings


You'll Think You're Reading Prose
 When You Read Tra
cings

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Tracings was named to the Compulsive Readers' Ten Best Reads list.
and Dawn Colclasures 50 Top Reads at Palms to Pines.
It was also awarded the Military Writers' Society of America's Award of Excellence
 

 

Perfectly Flawed

Minute by mango colored minute
the sky changes, high clouds whipped
like meringue by astral winds,
the undersides singed by a persimmon
orb settling into the Pacific. I drive
west at 4:30. Saved daylight.
This blush fleeting, in transit.
I should exit at the Sepulveda ramp,
pull over to give this display
full attention. Down there, though, among
buildings and trees the view will be reduced
to an overhead tint. The freeway’s elevation,
flawed as it is, stokes these fireworks; bumper
threatens bumper, Hondas, SUVs,
battered gardeners’ trucks grab
attention from the brilliance
before me. It is 1940. I settle into my uncle’s
arms, he on his way to pilot B42s.
something about the Blitz something I know,
must be related to lightning, to the undersides
of clouds tinged with fire. He leaves behind
his new Buick, celery colored with peek-a-boo holes
in its side, I, too, soon discarded
to my mother’s pale hand. I am required
to make him happy, a child’s duty. They don’t
know that my blown kiss will be remembered,
stick like early stars to the inverted sides of a huge
aqua glass bowl, that nothing can be better than the smell
of his Barbasol, his warmth beneath pressed
khaki, his breath sending smoke signals into the twilight.


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