“Coolness,” New Era, June 1990, 51
Out of red, slush watermelons
and empty, opened pea pods
silent coolness creeps.
From the wetness
of quick-drying cement and squirting sprinkler pipes
inside water balloons, hard-boiled eggs,
the newest edition of
A Tale of Two Cities.
From zippers on October mornings
and buttons in November
out of icicles melted by kindergarten tongues
from vanilla air, lazy polar bears
from the breath inside of bubbles
and sour milk leaking from the fridge
from the space between rhinestone snowflakes
and the clouds that let them fall.