At Meridian Hill Park

featured in the poetry forum November 2, 2015  :: 0 comments

Beneath the welcoming oak tree,
only a block from U Street,
we listen to cicada strings

as the ground pushes back
against our hip bones like suspicion.

Still Earth seems to forgive, her pulse fluttering.
She offers us water; instead, we drink
from tiny bottles we don’t recycle.

She will follow us home from the park;
we will be driving, listening to the old songs,

not thinking of her.

editors note:

We think she’s a pushover; take what we want. One day, she’ll do the taking… – mh clay