subway solstice

subwaysolstice_6647Underground,
stations hold
spring’s coolness
a little longer
than the summer streets above,
until that moment
when the whole system
pulls in a hot drag
off the sizzling City,
and traps fire
in its tubes
until winter.

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reading my skin

 

redheads
know better now
to guard against
the dangerous sun,

but our skin
tells cavalier stories
of childhoods
cycling through
burn,
peel,
freckle,
repeat…

scars learned-from
can be badges
of endurance
and resilience,

and freckles,
like the stars,
gorgeous remnants
of playing
with fire.