August 2013

The woman and the fountain

She dips her feet
into the cool water
under the July sun
that pushes down

on her
bare brown shoulders
and her
brown calves
that want to be dancers

like the leaf shadows
on the other side
of the fountain

her husband
takes a picture
that reflects
his face
on her
mirror sunglasses

In the double portrait
he stares
at himself

and her
and himself
and her

and her

and the fountain
and her

the surreal moment
simmers
in the summer heat

the mirage
shimmers
pulsates
evaporates

like the shadow
of the thirsty black bird
that waited

for the woman
to leave
before
it took a drink.

—César de León

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