By Theresa C. Gaynord
PROMPT—My white privilege ...
The Natives' Perspective
of wet clay. I had walked through the old fairgrounds the day before, but
this night I was under her watchful gaze. She's here among the fireflies in
a jar, the snow cones, and Ferris wheel. Victorian wind chimes in her honor.
We stalk each other, she in her vintage tea gown, I in my blue jeans and
rosary beads. Half doll trinket boxes serve as prizes for the random wheel
game as a dove aviary sets the ambience on the lemonade ball jar stand.
I am being reborn in the womb of her earth formed by the mighty Mississippi,
Red, Pearl, Sabine, and Ouachita rivers. Marie Laveau, Yoruba and Voodoo
Priestess, the natives hear your call. Have you forsaken us?
The Tourists' Perspective
We arrive. Tired feet clutching greasy bags of fried chicken as the rhythms of
our blood flows past a line-up of red Coca-Cola signs and Johnnie Walker
whiskey. Sugar-soaked ice cream and cheese fries offer a brand new dairy
perspective to the hanging cans of Bess and Country Maid milk in a farmer's
horse-drawn cart. Butterflies dip, pirouette, and flutter around us through the
dense smoky air. By the multicolored tent where the tarot card reader resides,
beetles, spiders and worker ants clack triumphantly. Inspired by the scent of
root vegetables, goats, and beaded necklaces made of bone, a ritual dance
takes place uniting the 'have' with the 'have-nots.' In our world of foldout maps,
we spread out our gypsy fingers letting them roam free all over the globe.
Theresa Gaynord likes to write about matters of self-inflection and personal experiences. She likes to write about matters of an out-of-body, out-of-mind state, as well as subjects of an idyllic, pagan nature and the occult. Theresa writes horror, as well as concrete gritty and realistic dramas. Theresa is said to be a witch and a poet (within the horror writing community) and she has been published in a number of magazines, ezines, anthologies, and books throughout the years. She is a former elementary school teacher and psychic medium (reader and advisor).