Painted Lady – A Poem

Legs crossed &
Painted arms
wrapped tightly
over my heart
Head tucked in
Afraid to fail // I
slowly begin to wake
Glittering lashes flutter
& catching in time
to the rhythm
of my rocking
In the hues of moonlight
I look left & then
quickly to my right
Pushing harder
Rocking faster to
A different beat
I ever so slowly
Let one arm
drop down &
then the other
I press my palms
onto the desert
stone & push off
Bare knees
unsteady
Moving but
trembling
I crawl toward
a rising sun
Holding tightly to
a Joshua tree
Reaching up as
My iridescent wings
struggling to open
Catch in the sunlight
Continuing to climb
Long toes str-et-ching
Lifting me higher
from limb to limb
above the Mojave
Determined to fly

Gretchen Leary 2013

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About Gretchen Leary

I am 30 years old, I live in the Boston area, and I am writing from the perspective of an individual with Asperger's Syndrome.
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22 Responses to Painted Lady – A Poem

  1. brian miller says:

    and fly you will…this felt like an awakening…and that desire is the first thing…and realizing as well you have the wings for it…smiles.

  2. claudia says:

    yeah….def. sounds like awakening..a time of change…of moving forward…of taking flight…now go spread your wings…smiles

  3. Gretchen, Brian and Claudia said it before I got here… it is about awakening. Again, the “desert” holds special meaning, I know, but the glitter, the sparkle, it’s all LIFE! A.

  4. This is so beautifully done! Smiles!

  5. As always your words make me also want to fly! Beautiful…

  6. I love that desire and push to fly ~ Despite obstacles and challenges, you will ~

    Have a wonderful day ~

  7. Mary says:

    Each of us CAN fly, I think, if we do it in our own way. This is well expressed, Gretchen.

  8. Tony Maude says:

    What a lovely Popint of View poem – and extended metaphor. Nicely written, Gretchen.

  9. janehewey says:

    wow, i just about took off alongside you.

  10. cloudfactor5 says:

    You fly with your words, this may be as close as we can ever truly get without a wingsuit

  11. Renee Espriu says:

    This is beautiful Gretchen and I can see you rise to take flight in every movement.

  12. Each day is a new birth, a butterfly released, a baby bird taking flight, a flowers seed released to the wind. I enjoy reading about your victories over challenges. Insirational as always ans exceptionally well written!

  13. Kelvin S.M. says:

    ..the boldness is palpable… loved it!

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