Peter Kline

First Fig

The openness is all. Yes
we say and the rest
follows. —to the hollow
feeling of early morning
rueful memory fills in, listening
royally to the whistling kettle
overboiling. —to the last call
pratfall, the catwalk climb
and skinny dip shimmy,
the bad-news nightcap.
Have you tried this?
daddy asks in the hot
in the back we say why
not, we say we’ll pay
and are sadly happy.
We know. We
do it anyway.