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flying kites in the desert

sleepy eyes at twilight in Joshua Tree

By Taylor NealPublished 6 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2023

Flying a Kite in the Desert

colours fade behind the Californian landscape, 

folks in homes on wheels of their own making 

dispersed across sandy openness, 

shrubs dotting guidance for where to spend the night. 

the man in my van strums soft acoustics 

someone in the distance sends the sun to sleep

with the flying of a kite.

kites always remind me of you

and I hate that

but I try not to hate, 

instead I nod at the memories as they surface 
one after the other;

of grassy hills in Virginia 

running topless with the wind

letting the string loose,


this is what I’ve been up to without you,

I am so free,

I am so free, 


Joshua Tree, 

Vannigan and me.


except for the guitar behind me 

being played by safer hands 

yours ever were.

those soft notes make me feel at home,

they remind me of you

and I hate that.

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About the Creator

Taylor Neal

A multi-disciplinary artist, writer and sex worker's advocacy support worker, Taylor's cumulative practice comes together as a holistic exploration of identity, sexuality, and how the embodied subject navigates space and the natural world.

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  • Gideon Rwezahura 6 months ago


  • This was such a beautiful poem! Extremely mesmerising! I've subscribed to you!

  • Cendrine Marrouat6 months ago

    Oh my, that was superb! Congratulations on the top story!

  • MT Poetry6 months ago

    Wow, Beautiful poet. I really love it. Thanks for sharing it and congrats on Top story.💕🥰🙌

  • David C. Connor6 months ago


  • Andrew C McDonald6 months ago

    Pining, pierced by cacti… Soul bleeding across hot desert sands. Angst, longing. It’s there. Good job.

  • Real Poetic6 months ago

    Congratulations on TS! 🎉🎉

  • Adil Gill6 months ago


  • Melissa Ingoldsby6 months ago

    Ohhhhhh this is fuckin gorgeous I'm so moved by Joshua trees and your poem is so raw. Just brilliant 💕❤️❤️🎆🎆😍

  • Dana Crandell6 months ago

    So full of emotion. Well done, and Congratulations on Top Story!

  • sleepy drafts6 months ago

    Yessss! Congratulations on Top Story, Taylor!! 👏🏻❤️❤️❤️

  • C.Z.6 months ago

    Beautiful ❤️ And congrats on top story!

  • Jeffrey Sparks6 months ago

    Wonderful piece.

  • Congratulations on your Top Story🎊❤️💯‼️

  • Great job with writing this piece 🫶🏾📝💯🎊

  • Ashley Lima6 months ago

    This is beautiful

  • sleepy drafts6 months ago

    Wow! Oh, I just love this. There is so much heartache, honesty, and vulnerability beautifully woven into this poem. 💓

  • Dana Stewart6 months ago

    Instinctively poignant yet so achingly beautiful. Very nice.

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