Cleaning magenta-flanked fish—
Hawaiian orchids & stargazer lilies
abalone inlay of road runner
carding alpaca wool
slicing ginger root
sea turtles & azalea
yucca's blanched yellow, puma tracks
turquoise, flute, architecture in Mallorca
translucent dragonflies, glimpse of toucan,
we discuss French kisses & eggplant recipes
in love's articulate language
gold threads of her sari
in Little Italy, cognac-colored bougainvillea
smell of alfalfa & mint at dusk
belly-dancers out of Denver
low-tide, combing for shells.
Sparkles and birdsong, warm yellow sunlight,
spices of morning,
apricots in a blown-glass bowl
on my clavicles—
all these contribute to my transcendence—
a slow cup of cinnamon-apple tea,
aroma of unique, true being,
beauty of hoarfrost on creek-bed cactus.
Quick weave of sequoia and stargazer lilies.
we arrive just this side of perpetual bliss.
green pomegranate tea out on the patio.
Rhythm releases her gold fizz in my ribcage.
The sumptuous honey of desire
looks like cherry blossoms hastily put together.
Time goes by. Quickly.
Pulling slender asparagus from the creek-bank,
we begin to realize
such subtleties of solitude—
just last night we sat gazing up at Jupiter, our skins
limb by limb.
Following our first bliss,
we find we're dancing between memory & light.
© Kallima Hamilton
Bio: Kallima Hamilton graduated from the University of Idaho. She is the author of five chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Shenandoah and Prairie Schooner.