PHOTO PROMPT © C.E. Ayr
Each morning she slathered on a pharmaceutical witches brew and stepped into The Salton Sea.
Most Bombay Beach RV dwellers scuttled to their metal pods in the heat. Attenuated to the stench and light as lithium, she floated with the gulls, cushioned by tilapia springs. She could see Salvation Mountain when she prayed.
Pink, orange, and yellow sunsets joined her every evening. It was then she said her goodnights to the Sea. Taking a few steps to the freshwater pool, she rinsed off. Sipping from the brandy passed around the fire with her neighbors ended another blissful day.
My story today is based on a real place, The Salton Sea in California. I first became aware of it in 2004, when I saw, “Plagues and Pleasures on The Salton Sea” at a local film festival. My caring for the Sea has continued since then.
I wrote about this back in 2017 here.
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