This week’s piece is by poet and artist Lesley Fletcher.
As the flames die slowly with the night,
Extinguishing the day
Smoke silhouetting through the quiet air
Taking shape of snapshots
Of memories, not long forgotten,
Igniting sweet desires instead;
Of candles burning every night
And romance in the atmosphere;
The scent of rare patchouli
Teasing in the shadows;
Nostrils slightly flared.
Soft rock music fills
The gaps between silent knowing glances
Mismatched glasses toasting
Filled with cheap Chianti
As the bottle gathers wax.
Cracker crumbs fall in between
Well-worn cushions of the couch.
Baby-doll pyjamas barely
Bothering to cover.
The night falls inaudibly.
Stealing eyes’ content and gentle smile
Baccarat crystal shattering
Falling from her fragile grip,
Onto the shining marble floor
Mimicking a blood bath
Slumped in true abandon
Of this life she’s earned to live
Returning to her heart’s true love
If only in her vivid final dream…
Lasting an eternity
Meeting her rebirth
Embossed upon her soul
As the next life starts de novo
And the flame again ablaze.
I asked Lesley what prompted this piece and she said…
Inspiration Import is the name of the company I set up many years ago without knowing exactly what I would do with it. I just loved the word ‘inspiration’ and of course the ‘import’ part is the vessel which brings the inspiration to me. I have always maintained that my inspiration has come from my art but I realise that this is somewhat of a cop-out. It really comes from my heart. I am a bit of a headline reader and sometimes scattered in many directions but if something touches my heart as far as humanity is concerned it sticks and stays. Many of my stories are experience-based (with) a bit of research and a lot of listening. When I say listening, I mean not just listening to words but to nuances and to emotions. If I am able to provide a piece of art or a story or poem that has the ability to evoke a strong emotional response that further lights my desire, and imagination to write.
Thank you Lesley. Me being me, I honed in on the ‘dark’ and loved the mimicking blood bath.
She has published three fully illustrated children’s / young adult books and currently working on a fourth which will also provide space for her various types of art.
The books and all their illustrations both interior and cover work are Lesley’s art.
Her upcoming book, ’5 Pillars of the Gypsy’ is a combination of art and verse; it being her first book for adult audiences.
Over the past three years she has managed two trips with Habitat For Humanity; one to Tajikistan and one to Jordan. Each of these trips included short stops in Istanbul. As a result she became interested in and had the privilege of learning about Islam and its parallels with Christianity along with cultural customs.
As a volunteer with Literacy Unlimited and Friends for Mental Health, Lesley supports and encourages education as a way to break barriers, through knowledge and understanding. As an adventurous laid back spirit she is very adaptable to a variety of enjoyable experiences and takes delight in every one of them.
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