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A Message from West Texas - Recited

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A Message from West Texas - Recited

She sent me a message while I was walking Mr. Reilly,
She said “Look up, and tell me what you see.”
I thought I would impress her with my poetical ways so I answered,
Bus zooming by…
Brown leaves on the sidewalk ahead,
And a shadowy figure that Reilly and I will soon pass,
The smell of the Indian bakery warming my insides on an autumn evening.
“I love fresh bread,” she said, “What do you hear?”
Crisp slate grey sky,
And the wind gently shaking loose more tan and brown leaves,
And cars sliding by,
Each with its unique sound of tires on asphalt,
 Creating its own steady hush.
She then messaged, “You’re very good at this,
I’m going to read that again!”
but I went on…
A few drops of cool rain,
The rain here, even when it’s pouring,
Seems to be made of a lighter liquid.
It’s not the hard thick drops of a West Texas down pour,
And it’s almost disappointing when
I don’t have the residual layer of dirt on my windshield after the rain,
They say there is thunder in the springtime,
But I suspect they don’t know what real thunder is,
Here in California.
In the West Texas springtime,
When entire sky is filled with all the mountains,
That are missing from the landscape,
You can feel the power and,
The threatening posture of the storm,
But you take up the challenge and face the lightning,
And it fills you with excitement,
And if you have a lover,
It is during these storms that your fantasies come true.
Silver flashes across your lover’s skin,
Passion filled faces caught in the strobe of lightning,
And the pounding rain beating on the windows.
The mix of cold wet air, 
And the sweaty heat of deep kisses and breath.
They don’t know what they’re missing here,
In California,
But I do,
And maybe someday I’ll have her.

Michael F. Lewis

Copyright © Michael F Lewis

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  1. Date: 4/24/2013 4:49:00 PM
    just watched and listened to your poem and i enjoyed it very much. hearing it did add another dimension to the words - well done!

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 12:45:00 PM
    well done Michael enjoyed your read. Seren

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 12:19:00 PM
    This is a really good poem, Michael-- I really enjoyed your recital of this and you took us there, especially enjoyed how you described that West Texas storm-- super congrats!

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 12:14:00 AM
    Michael, I loved your recitation. Being a lifelong Texas boy myself, I can understand the big storms with little rain. It's been that way a lot lately. Okies catching most of the good and bad of it. Keep up the good work! I'll check for more! RAY

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 6:32:00 PM
    Michael, :-) congratulations with your awesome Recited Poem.... Always~ PD

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 5:18:00 PM
    Wow you are a bruce Willis look-alike Great recitation.. I am loving seeing all these. Your voice has brought the poem to life for me. SuZ

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 5:05:00 PM
    Nice job, Michael! I'm a West Texas boy myself as you'll see in my poems. Congratulations! Please read and comment on my blog about this contest if you can. Cheers, Roy BTW, I got a kick out of the police car with flashing lights in the background... Added some danger to the recitation. ;)

  1. Date: 12/16/2012 9:39:00 PM
    West Texas down pour loving this poem once again. I like the way you express your love and want here. a nice favorite poem of mine..... are you in California? I'm only asking cause of the line close to the bottom... wishing you the best...pd

  1. Date: 12/15/2012 9:36:00 AM
    This is good Michael; I live in Texas and I recently visited West Texas. My brother lives there. I hope you get your wishes. lucilla

    Lewis Avatar Michael F Lewis
    Date: 12/16/2012 1:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Lucilla! Me too!!!
  1. Date: 12/10/2012 3:25:00 PM
    Michael, hope time will be there and on your side...pd

    Lewis Avatar Michael F Lewis
    Date: 12/11/2012 3:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Linda.. I had more comments and views on this poem, but accidentaly deleted it...arrrrg! Oh well...