Saturday, July 30, 2011


It was so hot there were lions by the roadside--
Floating like dust clouds into town,
Tongues lolling.

Your hair was smooth and Indian dark--
Goddess love a flat iron,
And the highway heading north.

In the fierce heat of afternoon we stopped for coffee ice--
Yours pressed cold against my neck,
Sweating wet, nice.

John Law stopped us just past the interchange,
And the lions gave him their golden-eyed look
As he flipped open his book...

You had your sunglasses on your hair in case Heaven should appear,
And charmed that man like a gypsy thief
With God's love stashed beneath our seats.

Smooth, lover,
Like the August sun going down,
Like your summer-browned thighs, lionesses side by side,
Like the day behind us nearly gone and the
Road into the headlight night, toward home.

(for STWIASD, who loves a road trip)


Sioux said...

The "summer-browned thighs...headlight night." What incredible phrases.

I guess those spirits of yours enjoyed themselves yesterday on their day "off." Their time paid off.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Sigh. Such a beautiful poem. I can feel the love, the indolent summer heat. Love the lions, tongues lolling.......and the feeling of the day easing towards evening. Just beautiful, Shay.

hedgewitch said...

There is something about a road trip that sets your inner lioness free, running on the open two lane veldt. This is a fine poem, full of a sense of completion and love, not without the huntress ever wary, but replacing some of the sadness and yearning with pure companionship laced with sensuality, making a golden verse without any blue regrets. Loved it, Shay. Happy traveling.

Mama Zen said...

Smooth as an open road.

Brian Miller said...

this makes me want to stand on the porch and roar or maybe get a badge and start stopping cars...either of which may get me committed...sensual textures ma'am

Dulce said...

Loving this warm not fiercy attachment of the lionesses

Cloudia said...

Shay is such a rich place!

Aloha from Waikiki;

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Anonymous said...

your words go down like honey, Shay ~
"It was so hot there were lions by the roadside--
Floating like dust clouds into town,
Tongues lolling."

i think i might like that kind of heat! {and the iced coffee looks so good i'm gonna go make one now.}

have a fantastic weekend! ♥ dani

Hannah Stephenson said...

Sensual and summery. Iced coffee, STAT.

Lolamouse said...

makes me wanna go take a road trip!