Aria's CreationOnce upon a time, there was a God who lived alone on a planet dotted with land and covered in ocean. This God was quite at peace, but very lonely. God wished to himself that he had someone to share his world with him. First, God created the sky, but it was far too big and had no time to stop for leisure. He created three suns, but they thought much too highly of themselves and preferred not to associate outside of themselves. Next he made numerous stars, smaller so that their egos wouldnt inflate. However, the suns were too greedy to share the spacious sky, and so God could not see his stars during the day. He created a moon to defend them, but it was far too small and timid to fight off the suns.
Maybe, said God, Ive been trying too hard. He looked at the sandy shore, rough and lifeless beneath his feet. Kneeling down, God plucked a single grain from t
a cupcake. simple, right? that wouldnt give away how I feel or let him know that I lo. . . lo. . . no, no, just a gift from a friend to a friend. oh, I was just baking these yesterday, and I thought you might like one, oh, no, it was nothing, just in the neighborhood. hed never know that Id taken two busses and a cab to get to the neighborhood, that Id been up all night perfecting my recipe, that Id had to go for extra milk at two a.m. because my batter needed the rightthe perfectconsistency, so it tasted sweet like ambrosia and moist like wedding cakeah, wedding cake! I wonder if hed noticed that Id deliberatelywas it deliberate, anyway?made him a wedding-cake-cupcake. maybe hed know, maybe hed realize, I messed up, I messed up
then again. maybe, hed just think
-82- To the Lady from a PoetDarling,
Its been so lonely since you moved across the country.
The sky is yellow here, but its blue where you are, rich and breathing.
Everything feels dead here, just heat rising from asphalt
in little visible waves. All that was green and beautiful
left with you for California. The ocean is so murky.
It only looks blue from far away. Summers just a season
when I cant see you squint against the sun, or
wipe the glistening sweat from your forehead, or
down a whole, tall glass of lemonade. The air never moves
when I dont think of you. I can feel your breath in the wind.
Its pulsing like your heart.
-67- Tiptoeing Over the PianoYou were the boy
with the storm clouds in his eyes.
You were the light
at the end of the darkest tunnel.
And the sea, it isn't far off,
and soon, real soon, we'll feel the wind through our hair,
listen to the waves, crashing down and down and down.
Whispering what I'm singing: I.
You were the moon
with the inky shadow on its back.
You were the ocean
ever changing, ever swaying blue.
And the sky, it isn't too spacious,
just the dome of a planetarium holding in all our thoughts,
listen to the stars, smiling down on us warmly,
Singing what I'm feeling: Love.
You were the bird
with its tough-as-nails singing voice.
You were the song
that I felt in my every shaking bone.
And the wind, it isn't my breath,
it's the goosebumps I get when I'm here with you,
listen to the breeze, carrying the leaves,
Feeling what I'm seeing: You.
-52- bluethe piano plays, tunes
waltzing with my heart, a solemn
dance to the death,
to the morning.
and i lie in my bed, in my palace,
all alone; not a prince in this kingdom
could save me. not a lighthouse
on any shore could find me.
sing me a lullaby, send me to sleep,
hold me tight, my dreams to keep.
the camera snaps, a Janus-faced
lover, in one ear,
out the other. i missed the smell
of the sea when i stayed in L.A.
and i sing in my studio, in my tower,
suffocating; there is no happier
clam than me. show me your
lovely pearls, mr oyster.
atop a silver diamond moon and string,
the sound of the sky as I sing.
-14- EveningVesper is the light, kissing you to sleep,
the stars waking up and serenading by your window.
In the summer, he is your warm, contented sigh,
a tired breath on the salty breeze.
He is the sun on the water, like a million amethysts.
Cry out all your tears, whisper your fear to the sky;
he will hold them all in his heart.
Feel the suns set, that quickly fading warmth,
when he lets you go.
And he smiles:
and I will come again.
-31- Cactus FlowerDreams are fleeting, but well chase them
into the Valley, yours and mine
I love yous are my passing kisses;
listen to my heartbeat.
Whatever was before, its all
on a different road. Maybe Ill cut my hair,
maybe Ill swim in the ocean.
I wish my words were as beautiful as you.
Youre as lovely as the morning.
You smelled like a boy, no
like a man,
sweat and worry and emotion,
strength and stillness that boys dont have.
I smelled like a girl, like new pollen,
Im replacing sorrow with flower petals,
falling lightly and lingering Spring.
The seeds you sowed in my breast are waking up.
In my heart, something was born in the melted snow.
Never, ever forget me as I am
in full bloom.
what color I am. Pink like caressing your cheek,
yellow like the sun on your shoulders,
white like your angel.
if Im poisonous too.
-25- 1000 Nights of RainThat night the darkness covered Sickleberry Street like a black ocean: deep, thick, and suffocating. Rain poured down in an endless tempest, loud as the thunder that ripped through the sky.
And in her bed, Lucy Crane sat, wishing she wasnt. She hated the rain and she hated the dark and, frankly, she felt that there was far too much of both. She wasnt quite sure why she had been jolted from her slumber, but she hardly had time to wonder.
Whats wrong? asked a distant, metallic voice, emulating the sensation of ice on raw nerves. Scared, are you?
Lucy bit her lip. No, she said firmly and kicked her comforter off. And, she continued, suddenly realizing that the voice she heard was a new one, Who are you?
A cold cackle slithered up her spine. You know that already, mi amor, the thing said. Lucys brown ruffled,