green pool

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.