You toss bait with hard looks
I shy away from
I squirm on their serrated edges.
The pool shimmers in cool blues
inviting me in.
I plunge off the deep end.
Groundless, I push through soft waters
that yield to envelop me
parting as I push forward
only to merge and close behind me.
A strong thrust upward and I break surface
gasping for breath, barely reaching
pool side to hang on to.
San Francisco, morning fog
The city floats, a wash of grays
bay waters and sky that merge
in a monochromatic haze.
Fog nibbles at roof tops and angled corners that fray
the mist snaking in slow-motion
through the floating city, awash in grays.
Fog glides, catches sudden errant rays
of light that gleam then fade
into a monochromatic haze.
A momentary breach, and cloud gives way
to blues that puddle the sky above
the city floating, below, in a wash of grays.
A swath of clear sky breaks through as day
drifts in slow motion to late morning
above the melting haze
a summer sky burns the lingering glaze
of mist that curls and smokes and fades
above the city, awash in grays
that pale in a thinning haze.
© Janet Butler
Janet Butler teaches Test Prep in San Francisco and lives in Alameda with Fulmi, a lovely Spaniel mix she rescued in Italy, where she lived for many years, and brought back with her. Some current or forthcoming publications are Pirene's Fountain, The Chaffey Review, The Rampallian, North Chicago Review, Miller's Pond, Poetalk, and Ascent Aspirations. "Searching for Eden" was published by Finishing Line Press in January, 2012. "Upheaval" was one of three winning selections in Red Ochre Lit's 2012 Chapbook Contest. One of her drawings was chosen as cover art for the Winter, 2013 issue of Poetalk, the poetry journal of the Berkeley Bay Area Poets' Coalition. http://www.janetleebutler.com. Watercolors & Poetry: http://janet-butler.fineartamerica.com