Back when the trellis stood vine-
enraptured and my pockets
sagged with pebble-heft, I
clipped clothespins to my bottom lip
and plinked them like piano keys
as the night sun split the sky.
Grapes hung like notes on a staff
begging to be plucked
and the smell of mint at sunset
I pocket minutes like these that
move slick as the in-between
The lake parts its lips,
warmed by the sun’s promise —
the still-winter air splits the part
in my hair and tousles bed-head me
while the bud unfurls on the bush
as if needing to be plucked too soon.
It uncurls against the gold of the moon,
sneaking across the lake unfrozen.
Sometimes songs are sung two
lines at a time. Each minute
a pearl emerging from your lips.
Sand made precious by your tongue.
Spring scrapes away blossoms of frost
and splits the seed, calling, “come.”
You pluck at my fingers as if
strumming a guitar
All the wound-up bits of me
uncurl in your music.