Two Poems

as i was looking back

recently you came to mind
that summer afternoon we floated down
the Yorba Linda river on separate inner tubes
you in a blue bikini. yellow and black butterflies
along the bank watched indifferently

 

we stopped on a sandbar bending back
the warm grass with bare feet

the heart as a small dog

what else can i do
but with a stick
drive this small dog
love out of myself?

 

huddled against the cardiac
wall barking at me with
shrill arrhythmic beat

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