DEATH BY FANTASY


I want to walk on water

Not like Jesus Christ

I want to walk on the backs of dolphins

As they make a path out to sea

To the edge of the earth, where the sun hangs over the water

Where the crystal blue ocean meets the powder puff clouds

And seagulls cast their shadows in the sky

Where colourful fishes swim in large schools, glittering in the light

And the sun and the moon stand side by side like old friends

I would step from one majestic animal to the next

Until I am standing next to the sun

Its orange glow blinding me from the world around

No man-made structures or ideas

No worries about tomorrow or regrets about the past

And I would stand there for a second

Enjoying the comforting warmth

My hands stretched out, my soul boiling with excitement

Then slowly, deliberately, lean over and kiss the sun



Anderson Charles
ANDERSON CHARLES is a freelance poet and fiction writer who lives in Huntington, West Virginia. He was born on Grenada, a small island in the West Indies. He graduated from the St. Georges Roman Catholic Boys School where he wrote his first poem and from the Wesley College Secondary School. He graduated from Marshall University with a degree in sociology with minors in English and political science. Most of his poems are centered on events that transpired in his country: The political riots in the seventies, the socialist revolution in the eighties, the communist revolution in the 1983 and the American invasion in March of 1983. Some of his work also depicts his experiences after migrating to America. He won first place in the annual short fiction competition by the Marshall University magazine Et Cetera in the spring of 1997. He is currently writing his second complete manuscript which tells the story of A Grenadian folktale character, Le Diablesse, and has written children's books and short stories about growing up on the island. He is following in his grandfather's footsteps who was a poet on the island. He is also working on a spoken word CD which is comprised of short stories and poems about political events on the island.
The Adirondack Review