An Ode to Rain and Red
by Kiley Winkelhake
The car twisted and turned,
our bodies moved with the scoliosis mountain roads,
as we traveled up the spine of Longs Peak.
Evening rain lingered in the crevices
and cracks of the worn asphalt.
The scent of fresh, hot coffee seeped
into the grey fabric roof,
the morning breeze weaved it’s way through
the cracked window
on the drivers side, her red hair stuck out
compared to the grey sky.
Her hair not just red but a carousel of
Each strand individually woven to make a stunning
The scenic mountainside, transporting us
into a Bob Ross painting,
each rock purposefully placed.
Sitting in comfortable silence her blue eyes
when the red brake lights hit them
She always saw through the lies that everyone else,
The static radio began playing “Roses”,
the sound of glitter,
the bass of the song dropped.
The crimson highlander made a
dip into a puddle pothole,
Our bodies dropped
with the boisterous bass.
Laughter echoed and bounced off the interior of the car.
Distorted reflections of the paper town we left behind,
reflected off the rear view mirror.
Running away from the town that we used to call home,
the town which had shackled us to believe
that, all the world had to offer was
white picket fences, and a desk job.
Driving away from the watercolor sunrise,
county fair cotton candy pink,
interlaced with gold
like the dried up plains,
dotted with groundhogs,
Blue from the flooded creeks,
and marsh, mosquito infested lakes,
Orange from the dull road salt
that melted the pure white winters snow.
Safety of wearing her number twenty five soccer hoodie,
that smelled of lavender and was coated in white and black cat fur.
The musty car heater blasted,
As the rain continued to pitter patter,
distorting the view
of the encompassing rocks
that towered above us
Kiley Winkelhake is a nineteen year old artist and writer from Longmont, Colorado. She has previously had her short story “It Was Just a Kill Box” and her poem “2a.m Intimacy” published in “Plains Paradox Literary Journal”. She has also had her artwork published in “The Raw Art Review: A Journal of Storm and Urge” where her art piece “Evanesce” was featured in the online gallery.