Summer light, /thick as honey, pooling in squares at our feet:/ we ask to be touched, before being taken.


Take a look at this strophe, Stick, and weep.
If that’s not a tease, I know it is poetry. How so?

Summer light in squares thick as honey catches
us aquiver with blends of what eyes can see

that tongues can lick, a melange of what rooms
can become when—as palaces of leaves—they

transform into sylvan hideaways engulfing
all who are bewitched by redolent fragrance

come like warm palms caressing cold backs
that must be touched. Poems are made of these,

Stick, like a strange amalgam of brew salving
the hurt and the lonesome before they sleep.

I need that brew tonight, Stick, before I sleep.

—Albert B. Casuga