hold this, you say, and wander haphazardly across the rocks to where the green pool shelters from the heat
i won’t be a minute.
you look at the sun and judge the hour. you tell me it is three.
i don’t care. the afternoon is interminable. i watch you make waves. i watch your body become water.
in the shade you brush me and i shiver.
a water dragon plunges into the pool.
the entire chasm echoes with our silence.