Beneath the surface of any river
is a gentleness near the bottom.
That’s what she has in her,
and when I drink it down,
it hangs like a lump of amethyst
in my throat, rolls down my cheeks
like streams of emeralds and rubies.
She stands deep in the currents,
hands me her words—stones
worn smooth from consideration.
This must be another world—
such colors! I am going to build
a house for us here. But each time
I set down a rock on the pile,
it becomes another plum turned
ripe in the warmth of autumn.
She tells me to eat, then washes
the rivulets from my chin. I am
still thirsty for tenderness, I tell her,
and she reaches down again, looks