Wendy Taylor Carlisle
Havana floated out there beyond the waves that fondled
the sand on Ft. Lauderdale beach. Havana
with its casinos, abortions, black beans and made men.
A girl could take a plane from Miami then but she couldn’t
imagine Varadero from the postcards in Miami airport:
how the neon-painted buildings flashed past spit-shined
pastel cars, the reach of grand hotels, guitar music everywhere.
How could she know about thick coffee with sugar,
about guava and cigars? That year all the Cuba she knew
was immigrant nuns but nothing in her adolescence
had prepared her for the Havana Riviera, a hotel OZ
rising from the ocean or for the men in slick coiffures
who held out their hands. Her passage was desire abandoned,
afterward that half-remembered dream.
About the writer:
Wendy Taylor Carlisle writes in the Arkansas Ozarks. She is the author of three books and five chapbooks. Her book The Mercy of Traffic is now in release. She has 11 times been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and twice for best of web.
Image: “Sherbet in the Sun” by Terri Edwards. Acrylic and pastel on canvas. 20 x 20 inches. No completion date specified. By permission. Terri Edwards is an internationally collected artist, having achieved success initially with her mixed media collages. Edwards has recently concentrated her focus on abstract art and has dedicated the last three years to studying various techniques and to developing her own intuitive style. Edward’s core belief is that art has the power to transform, uplift, and enlighten, and she believes everyone should have the opportunity to purchase affordable, high quality art.