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Poetic Micro Essays

Look for a new post of Sunday Brunch every month on the first Sunday. This column features Tripod Poems, poetic micro essays inspired by three randomly chosen words. These words become the title of the piece, are contained within the piece and are developed into observations on life in the Southwest and beyond.

Tickle – Note – Frank

There’s a tickle
at back of my


a slight shimmer
a glitter in the wind

a foretaste
of delight

Like a school child
passing a secret note

my heart extends
an invitation

a love letter
a Valentine

to be open and
generously frank

to fill unabashedly
with glee

Infiltrate – Beget – Upward

In the sign language
of the body
written in sinew

your touch infiltrates
my defenses

like a regimen
of cautious gardeners
bulbs in hand
ready to plant
what love will beget.

Dark soil will enable
this thrusting upward
across strata of loss

towards a new trust.

Cercado – Translación – Esperanza
Enclosed – Translation – Hope


To be enclosed
in our own skin,
a world separate
from all others, yet
so permeable,
our human derma,
a loosely bound barrier,
thin and fragile.


Moisture, medicine
emotion all translate
across our soft
aid us to comprehend
the language of living,
heat, cold, dull, sharp.


From within our enclosures
we reach out to the haloes
of translucence that sing
like choirs of light
knowing hope
resides just outside
the veils we hide behind.

Photo Credit: Eve West Bessier

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Southwest Word Fiesta™ or its steering committee.

Eve West Bessier

Eve is a poet laureate emerita of Silver City and Grant County, New Mexico; and of Davis and Yolo County, California. She served on the steering committee for the Southwest Word Fiesta, and has been a festival presenter. Eve is a retired social scientist, educator, and voice coach. She is a published author, jazz vocalist, photographer and nature enthusiast currently living in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
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