The massive Pacific pummels the mile-out barrier reef like ancient Polynesian drums beating an alpha rhythm
on Bora Bora coconut palms weep the tepid sea bespeckled as clouds of perles noir mask the Southern Cross jagged bolts of platinum set alight the vulcan sky
quixotic as the South Seas clusters of perles creme return mirrored in the transparent lagoon while Otuu struts the water's edge sun ripened Maohi's wrapped loosely in pareus their beauty crowned with Tiare Tahiti sway to the beat of ancestral drums at the foot of Otemanu on Bora Bora
Not so long ago I found you in the Poet & Patriot drinking Guinness, laughing under a poster of Che. I fell in love that day with your Che and you my free spirit sister the activist ghost dancer catcher of dreams seeker of illusions.
Today I find you on a bench in the garden at Villa Soquel gazing out to sea ferals rubbing against your ankles. I sit by you you smile into infinity. confined, they say, for your safety yet, still my free spirit sister dancing with resident ghosts weaving dreams dwelling in illusion.
Presidential Inauguration of Barack
January 20, 2009, Washington, D.C.
Sevenscore years ago a race of people bled from the whip. Twoscore and fourteen years ago they sat at the back of the bus. Today, a son of Africa holds highest office in the land.
Yes we can... This son of Africa speaks of our patchwork heritage while voices from the past chant, We shall overcome. Yes we can... One generation removed from the ground that Lucy walked this son of Africa leads from the house built by slaves.
...wayfaring poet and landscape photographer working as a writer, independent copy editor, and victim advocate.
Leslie is co-founder of Laudably Tarnished, a poetry workshop. Memberships include: PenHouseInk Press; Poetry Center San Jose; California Writers Club, South Bay Chapter; and Henderson Writers' Group, sponsor of the Las Vegas Writer's Conference. Her poems, articles, and short stories have been published in magazines, anthologies, and literary journals. Her "Hacienda Bridge" photo was featured on "Oprah" in 2002.
Leslie is currently working on a chapbook of her poems and a non-fiction book containing interviews of writers and artists drawn to Las Vegas, Nevada.