I took risks for the thick-lipped girls in the heavy-hipped hills they were lush like mist-damp fingery leaves on rhododendron wild as slag glass ember-hot along the creek in the dense sweet of an apple orchard their calico motions could thrill me would thrill me when the wind spit word of their silent waiting it was there beneath the weight of air bodies rasped down-soft loam alacite skin flushed opal pink tones hoarse whispers tightened into tunes feathers caught by treetops
Following My Wife’s Kayak
Upstream the Alafia runs the color of medium-brewed tea. It deepens and widens as it nears the bay, sags to a tone of Turkish coffee. Brine forces in, dragonflies retreat. Mangroves replace sweet gums and oaks, then give way to a swamp prairie with waves of common reed that sway in a Scheherazade tease. Her jasmine spray hangs faint in air. If this water blossomed into sand I would paddle stronger to get there. The magi found direction in darkness through a star. I follow a pony tail headed towards a shrinking sun and will arrive humble, but giftless.
Plight of the Bumble Bee
I tethered a bumble bee to a strand of black thread, tied a knot around its mid-section. It led me across the yard, from the forsythia to the lilacs, where it stubbornly clung, then clawed from flower to flower, leaf to leaf. With a slight tug I let it know that boredom was setting upon me like stirred hornets. There was no guarantee about the quality of my behavior, from that point. At school we were studying Henry VIII and his penchant for power and domination. He even snubbed his codpiece at the Pope. The bee remained defiant and determined. A garter snake slid near my foot, suddenly the bee began to look like Anne Boleyn.
Steve Meador’s book Throwing Percy from the Cherry Tree, released by D-N Publishing in 2008, was an entrant for a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Pudding House released A Good Sharp Knife and Pack Your Bags in 2007. His work appears regularly in print and online journals. You may enjoy his ramblings at http://thedisgruntledwriter.blogspot.com/