K. S. Dearsley

Homage 



Heat.  Face follows sun.  Arms espaliered to stone

wall, like a peach.  Eyes closed: waiting.  Stone

reflects heat.  Fingers stretch, seek cracks.  Toes

dig hot earth, seek damp: root, waiting.  Heat.


Insects buzz.  Sun brushes face: ripens.  Heat follows

breeze.  Insects brush face: waiting.  Arms

espaliered, fingers curl.  Stone crumbles.  Insects

sip sweat, salt on lips.  Ripens.  Buzz brushes cheek.

 Heat stretches skin.  Waiting, ripens.  Heat.


Footsteps crack gravel.  Sun follows sound.  Eyes seek

face; ripens; waiting.  Fingers brush cheek.  Heat.

Words buzz.  Eyes reflect peach: ripened, waiting.

Heat.  Arms espaliered seek embrace.  Lips crack, heat

brushes face.  Gravel footsteps follow.  Eyes closed,

salt leaks.  Stone crumbles.  Heart espaliered cracks.

 Ripe peach falls.