By Jamie Sims Coakley
The tips of my fingers were numb from the icy ocean wind and my shoes continued to sink deeper and deeper into the sand despite their wide heels for which I had chosen them. My left eye began twitching from the hours now I had been peering intently towards the grey horizon. My stomach growled beneath my layers and my heart jumped with each new darkness I spied in the distance. Watching, almost without breath, until it took shape and proved itself to be a ruse.
My mind would wander to his hands cupping my face on that last meeting so many months ago, to the light on his face and in his eyes as he confessed to me all that burdened his heart, and then a seabird would call out and my mind would stir, raising the looking glass again to my eye. It went this way until my arms ached and my clothes were wet from the constant damp sea breeze. I could feel the salt collecting on those few instances of bare skin and when I licked my lips they too were cold and salty.
I died that day on that beach. Heels buried in the sand, hands frozen, shoulders cramped. I never did return from those moments when I still believed I would kiss his lips again, and hold the strength of his hands, and lose myself in the light of God in his eyes. But this life and the sea dashed upon me and ravaged me and the devil’s succubus drew the last bits of life from my lips and left me empty as a shell to wander the rest of my days in a memory. That dream of love I could never touch again.
Helen Frankenthaler - 1968
From 2000-2008 I helped write, record and sang lead and back up vocals on four full length rock and roll albums with my band WAXAPPLES. Along with being featured guests and in rotation at LA's famed Indie 103.1fm, WAXAPPLES were also blessed to share the stage with music legends X, The Violent Femmes, The B52's and Social Distortion.
My primary philosophy in life is this: be committed to not making decisions based on fear, love fully each day, and stay positive...miracles happen all the time!
IntersectingLA is my latest inspiration, born out of a love for Los Angeles, and the wonder for how, a big city is a million different cities depending on which intersection you happen to find yourself at.
It turned into a mixed media project which was completed in August of 2013 and now intersecting(LA) has begun the process of evolving into a never ending art project based on exploring Los Angeles and it's people.