Poetry by Travis L. Naught, art by Jennifer Barnes

Arizona Ocean

My pier juts off the western rim.
Turquoise hills lead into the calm water.
Coastal beach palm trees complete the motif;
I can see them from my front door.

Dreams do not visit me while I sleep in this house.
Perfect visions surround me every day I visit there.
There is no need to want for more;
she has constructed a perfect world.

God was once able to relax the way she does;
lying beautifully at the forefront of creation.
Adam was tempted and destroyed his paradise.
I wonder what trap she has set for me.

Travis Laurence Naught is an author who happens to be a quadriplegic wheelchair user. The Virgin Journals (ASD Publishing, 2012) is his full-length paperback poetry memoir & Still Journaling (e-book, 2013) is a follow-up volume of poems. Follow Travis on Twitter (@NaughtaPoet), on Facebook (Travis Laurence Naught) or on his blog (naughtapoet.blogspot.com) for all of his writing updates!

Jennifer Anne Barnes uses visual art to create new realities for herself. She is a law student at Richmond University. She is inspiration.