A metal brace holds up the oak, its giant
limbs sheltering from Santa Ana heat.
Music soaks every niche of this backyard
where a peacock flaunts a metal fan. Masks off
for wine and “Blue Bolero,” song seeping
deep inside us, swells of live emotion
anything but blue. The bassist—tucked
into a crook of trunk—hair aflow, she laughs,
eyes the drummer, the guitars. Her fingers stretch
with gusto for this afternoon rapture. Lanterns
jive green above us, a terra cotta sun looks on
from a thick oak arm. The band infuses,
nurses us back from solitude. Fan palms beyond
seem to grow from the roof of this bungalow.
is the author of Museum of Rearranged Objects (Kelsay Books), as well as five chapbooks, including If You Spot Your Brother Floating By and Casbah (Kattywompus Press). Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. A poem, “Ode to Malala Yousafzai,” was included on a “Heroines” episode of BBC Radio 3: Words and Music. She taught French for many years in Pasadena, California, as well as English at California State University, Los Angeles, and in Algiers, Algeria. Her new chapbook, Now, Somehow, will appear in 2022.
More about the author’s books available at her website:
See also poems online, and a list of awards.