Red Dice

Cradling fire in cupped hands.

A wet bird. A thimbleful

of water.

 

Yellow jackets

on stem of fireweed.

A crosshatched tweed dress suit,

 

silk undergarments.

A dollar at the bottom of a pond.

Drumroll practice. Velvet

 

ropes on brass posts.

A fire-alarm part. Photographs

left in developing fluid,

 

overexposed streamside

thistles. Double sixes

at the coin-op

 

laundry. Billowing cloudscapes. 

A slim chance

of rain.

Published online September 01 2009.


The Open Issue cover image

This piece was published in ‘The Open Issue,’ the Fall 2009 issue of CV2.

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