I wonder what you will see, if you close your eyes, and listen to the words by clicking above.
After holding back her head and losing all her heart,
those echoing beats still blink and swerve.
In a hangover of fallen leaves where the grass is no longer green,
what will sustain her?
Hens with jagged elbows poke, over and over,
her soft earthen autumn feathers.
Shooed away with a steady stomp and stormy exhale,
this day un-taped her muted mouth with an easy finger.
Her last call a shot of whiskey, straight,
and a refusal to be made a mechanical audience member.
End of scene, CUT, time’s wandering and a-wasting…
she’s out the door for cowboys who are never always late.
Slow and hard unknowns and bound to the bizarre,
her boots bust down every barbed wire gate.
Thorns and spurs fall from her skin into swallowing sand,
Her desert band-aid clings to pain but is boldly barren of hate.
A ravaged and defiled smile reveals her desire for miles and miles,
to forever go and go and just go.
She greets each stop sign with a surly scowl,
and motions to yellow lights the bird hello.
Her knees steady right angles, pushing the pedal,
through the blindness of clarity she flees.
Soaring past spiraling devils in dirt blowing
the tumbleweeds’ settling seeds.
Her engine sprints zero to sixty in under five seconds,
wheels, like wings, unwind every burden.
Her fallen eyelashes escape the wind,
unmoving and suspended in the golden rays of sun.
Motoring on a destination-less route,
a road where every dream is adrift and all around.
She is not the only sound, but she is the loudest,
at least that is how she wants to be now.
About the artist:
Natalie’s primary goal as an artist is to evoke feeling through her words and photographs. Her artistic journey began long ago but it wasn’t until she entered her 30s that photography and writing became the primary outlet for her artistic expression. She likes to share the way she sees the world with those who are interested in her perspective. She is inspired by light, shadows, contrast, shapes, lines, colors, words, nature, adventure, music, and of course, the people, and animals she loves! She has recently been experimenting with self-portraiture and finding additional outlets for her art. While experimenting in different directions and following her passions as they arise, she is laying the groundwork for the future paths of her artistic journey. Her work has been published by Lensbaby, Beyond the Wanderlust, and she is an artist at Offset.com.