July 1, 2011

Cordial Gesture by Rick Hartwell

Hollyhocks blushing at the kiss of dragonflies,
Obsequious to vagrant breezes,
Dropping rolled blossoms like Chinese paper flowers
Cast into the garden pond,
Bursting forth into water petals afloat on a mirrored sea,
Orange, crème, yellow:
Iridescent flashes beneath diamond chips spewed by the fountain.

Clouds emerged in early hours like gray sarcophagi,
Each containing elements renewing the dormant body of the day;
Only missing the touch of Ra to awaken the morning, parting the fogs of night.

Rick Hartwell is a retired middle school teacher living in Moreno Valley, California, with his wife of thirty-five years (poor soul, her, not him), their disabled daughter, one of their sons and his ex-wife and their two children, and ten cats!  Yes, ten. He has previously been employed as an:  apprentice carpenter; dairy ranch hand; plywood mill worker (twice); plastics manufacturing plant; newspaper delivery; armed security; facilities analyst; telecommunications analyst. supervisor (twice) and manager; business manager; US Army -  infantryman, legal clerk (twice), legal clerk instructor, Warrant Officer and law office manager; and, high school teacher for the emotionally disturbed (twice).

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