You know your husband is a good friend of mine,
says the blues poet
Two doves sit in top branches that have died
while below is leafed.
They do not call their coo-coo
just face south toward New Mexico
toward the river that divides north from south.
Arms of the sculpture Tango
fold around one another
embrace the hollow between chest and breast
where breathing takes place for the dance
no feet on the ground
but on a pedestal at the end of a stone path
through an arbor
through dark purple iris
through tiger lilies
two ends of a spectrum hard to paint
next to each other on a canvas.
The birds have not left, another joins them
to sing below in the leaves
to drift through the night
be jostled by wind
feel the last rays of sun drifting down
be the first to see the moon rising full
clouds purpling above the Rockies
as the stains of a robust blend of red wine
on a marble counter of grey-blue.
Kyle Laws is based out of the Arts Alliance Studios Community in Pueblo, CO where she directs Line/Circle: Women Poets in Performance. Her collections include Ride the Pink Horse (Stubborn Mule Press, 2019), Faces of Fishing Creek (Middle Creek Publishing, 2018), This Town: Poems of Correspondence with Jared Smith (Liquid Light Press, 2017), So Bright to Blind (Five Oaks Press, 2015), and Wildwood (Lummox Press, 2014). With eight nominations for a Pushcart Prize, her poems and essays have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Germany. She is the editor and publisher of Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press.
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