that bright array of sun-kissed color out in a field of green,
orange and red and purple hues growing for no reason at all.
that first breeze from the a/c cooling your neck and making you catch your breath, gulping it in on the hottest of summer days
that sound of sizzle - fresh on the grill, sending up smoke
and wafting out that tantalizing scent that makes everyone stop, look and wonder: Who? Where?
the answer to the equation you worked out all night long,
only to see the obvious answer right in front of your eyes
an ocean – deep, vast, all-embracing, unrelenting,
inspiring, refreshing, filled with sustenance and life
fierce, awesome, rousing, brilliant, glowing, necessary
disrespected, belittled, downtrodden,
rejected, unappreciated, taken for granted, underestimated,
ignored, overlooked, insulted, injured
a storm – brooding, tumultuous, unpredictable
like rain – lulling, calming, soothing
desperate, self-assured, afraid and fearless
scattered and focused, certain and doubtful
strong like a tree against the wind
bending but not broken
because she knows
she is real.