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Synaptic Plasticity at Three-thirty in the Afternoon

Updated on January 2, 2014

Synaptic Plasticity at

Three-thirty in the Afternoon

by Laura Summerville Reed

My doctor suggests, in so many words,

That I learn to live with a constant chill

in my bones or certainly die a slow and

painful death from seeking the warmth

I love so much. That torrid, hot energy that

only comes from sunlight laughing off my

skin, but the Devil Orb has already made

his trek more than halfway across the

sky today. No time for contemplating dire

reports of sure and pending death. I buckle

in for a dose of Holy Rollin’ Novocaine. With

A flick of the wrist I let the top back and drive

in the glorious sunshine. Music humming

through my spine, plugged in – Spark-

Synaptic plasticity - The acrid smell of

melted asphalt and the sweat that’s

already leaving salty satellites from my

belly to back, and back again. I’m startled

by a sweetness and look for the blushing

tree or grandmother’s flower bed, I catch

the din of distant voices, the architecture

of the clouds and kudzu vines that hold the

golden goose. Other things assault my senses;

a tangled mess of bloody fur that expected

deference on this road and found none.

My only clear destination, the uncountable

white dashes to my left

I will decide when the hum settles in.

©LSR 2010


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    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Oh, Bonnie, I'm so glad you enjoyed it, thank you.

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      Spolly Joonerist 

      11 years ago

      this has such an incredible rhythm to it. . .great read.

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thank you, Steve, I tried to visit your site. I was unable to find a link to your work. Perhaps you can give me a bit more info.

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      11 years ago

      So it seems this is the edge of the din eclectic. I am enjoying your work...and happy I found you on match. Check out HTTP:// my contact info is there. ...I have something I wrote I'd like to share...not ready to post it here...called "the shallow end" ...I think you would appreciate it...Steve..

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      We're still going, Wayne - Grab the OS handle and hang on!

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      Wayne Brown 

      11 years ago from Texas

      I thought we were going some where but you never told me. Guess I was just along for the was a fun ride though!

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Haha! No need to ask around, all I have to do is visit your hubs, Charlie.

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      11 years ago

      I love nudity as well, just ask the others. LOL

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thank you, ralwus - It does get hot here in the deep south, perhaps I have another trip or two to post before winter strands me unclothed.

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      11 years ago

      I loved the ride with you and all the images you brought about. Satellite sweat. Nice one. I haven't seen the kudzu vine in years or felt the Devil Orb that shines down there like that. Hope you are better now without pain. CC

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thanks, MFB III, I'm so gone, there are cloudy nights when I could easily be talked into leaving all my worldly possessions behind for just the promise of sunshine on my shoulders in the morning light.

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      Matthew Frederick Blowers III 

      11 years ago from United States

      We all seek to blessings from the sun god but often wind up as burnt offerings. We make bronze idols out of Ourselves under his glaring gaze, and if we lie prostrate beneath him for too long in our worships we can be consumed...loved this..the heck with the rules, I'm getting some

      ~~~MFB III


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