I stop at Williams
Cafe, victim of
a conspiracy
of hunger and rain.

In the line ahead
of me, a couple
hover, fourth in line
to place their order.

Blonde hair cascades like
dawning over her
sunprint dress – a rich
tapestry of light,

Gauguin’s dream,
a collage of leaves
and streams, and a frail,
pastel innocence.

He circles his arm
all around her waist;
and as he does so,
the emerald snake

that is the tattooed
sleeve on his right arm –
his ring and middle
finger the forked tongue

grazing serpentine
her sheering fabric –
slithers into Paradise,
tightens its embrace.


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  2. For me, poetry is all about the visual I get as I'm reading and with your words Sam, I was standing right there in that 'Graden' immediately. Love this one.

  3. Anonymous4:16:00 AM

    The ending of this poem is powerful; it turns the mundane to extraordinary.

  4. Yes, this is a great.
    I always envision things like this when I watch people around me.

  5. A provocative poem

  6. beautiful garden piece.
    enjoyed the imagery.

    Please feel free to share 1 to 3 poems with our potluck poetry today, first time participants could use old poems or poems unrelated to our theme, Thanks..
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  7. "slithers into Paradise"...vivid.

  8. This piece creates a very strong and vivid image of the couple standing in line. Enjoyed it!

  9. Ooooh, this one took me by surprise as the snake slowly made its way.....and slithered into Paradise. A poet's eye!

  10. Gosh, what an excellent evocation of Eve and the serpent in paradise! Excellent poetry.

  11. Great visuals on this one! I just really see it happening!

  12. You have the gift of poetic description—this is so well done! Thank you!

  13. Pure art. A painting of a poem. How beautiful!


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