Sedona Lit is a series by Dr. Elizabeth Oakes, an award winning poet and former Shakespeare professor. A Sedonian of three years, she will highlight the literature, written or performed, of Sedona, past and present.
By Elizabeth Oakes
(July 18, 2016)
What if Sedonians wrote paeans to the monsoon, and it made a brief appearance and then disappeared? As I write this on Friday, that is the case! Where is the rain? The thunder and lightning? The strange color the sky turns? Only in the poems and art!
On the supposition that As Above, So Below is the law of the universe, perhaps this second installment of the Sedona.Biz Community Party of Poetry and Art will serve as a kind of rain dance. Maybe it will be monsoon-ing as you read this –
Clouds cheer, sky darkens
Thunder rolls and Light’ning streaks,
Scorched earth gulps the rain
Barbara Litrell, Community Leader
Beware, The Monsoons Are Coming
The hot sun retreats behind forceful clouds,
Darkening the sky with a tough guy-demeanor.
Lightning and thunder flash and loudly rumble
Giving fair warning of the wrath that is yet to come.
Christine Marie, Life Coach, Writer
Monsoon clouds and showers
Break relentless heat
Man and beast rejoice
Victoria Nelson, Artist
Grey sky, rain, wind.
Shall we sleep
Or splash in the puddles outside the door?
Jan Justice Oswald, Arts Supporter
Coming up next week: poems by Linda Roemer, Kenyon Taylor, Bill Ward, and Margaret Joy Weaver, and art by Sedona Photographer Jim Peterson
Monday.. waiting for the rains…. looking towards the wet season…get the umbrella…
Thank you Elizabeth for this platform to share our poems. I love this idea!!