imageVenice, California, August '03
Richard Beban

Big bumblebee circles the crimson
bougainvillea, huge enough to see him
half a block away. Light turquoise sky brushed
by Hokusai with cirrus shaved ice.
Dylan finger picking "Buckets of Rain"
on the stereo, I like the way you
love me strong & slow. Night-blooming jasmine
unaware it's noon. Handful of sparrows
chase a sharp-shinned hawk away from their nests
in the sweet gum tree. Ocean breeze eases
summer heat, polite skin whispers its thanks.
If we're granted only one time around,
let's call this heaven, & that erratic
ivory cabbage moth an ecstatic angel