Red Dice

Cradling fire in cupped hands.

A wet bird. A thimbleful

of water.


Yellow jackets

on stem of fireweed.

A crosshatched tweed dress suit,


silk undergarments.

A dollar at the bottom of a pond.

Drumroll practice. Velvet


ropes on brass posts.

A fire-alarm part. Photographs

left in developing fluid,


overexposed streamside

thistles. Double sixes

at the coin-op


laundry. Billowing cloudscapes. 

A slim chance

of rain.