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The Sacred in the Quotidian

Fall, 2005

Barbara Crooker


deep in the long green days of summer, the crescendos
of heat bugs rising in the noon sun, the hot air, thick as a lake€”
So far into this marriage, like a John Deere harvester in a field of corn,
a small green island planted right in the middle of everything€”
Even the grass on the lawn breathes longing,
the complicated chemistry of light into sugar.  Sometimes, I feel
the small hairs on my arm rise, ionic as the air before a storm €”
And you are the clapper, and I am the bell cast in bronze around you.
Before we slip into sleep's black waters, we set the golden tones ringing,
ripples of moonlight falling on the bed sheets and quilt, our bodies; music in the dark.

Previously appeared in print in Solo.

Previously appeared in print in Cider House Review.