Wendy Gist – The Courtyard of Summer

WG New MexicoWendy Gist has had her poetry, flash fiction and essays featured in Amsterdam Quarterly, Empty Mirror Arts and Literary Magazine, Fourth River, Gravel, Grey Sparrow Journal, Illya’s Honey, Juked, Pif, Red River Review, Soundings Review, The Galway Review (Ireland), The Lake (UK), and many other fine journals. A native Arizonan, she now lives in New Mexico where she serves as Co-founding editor of Red Savina Review.

The Courtyard of Summer

All afternoon a fat heat.
Iced coconut water, straw-sucked.
Cool the plunge pool gleams
like chilled soup of blueberry.

My bathing suit wet,
hair soaked, a slight scent of mangoes
and berries cross the air.
A bee settles on Indian ricegrass,

hums honeysuckle-entwined arch.
Lean back on lounge chair to sunlit chapel
spire thrusting through cloud-dissolved azure.
Birdsong, bell.

As grill-smoke cleaves
up the sun-swabbed wall,
squeaky call of young lovers’ bed
circulates the courtyard of summer.



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