Huile sur l’eau (a poem)

Inspired by a photograph I shot today.

The slick
one liquid sits atop the other
the melted rainbow
a remnant of refraction
and a failure to mix

Happenstance has me here
on this day when the rain is falling

Maybe it’s just weather—
maybe

I suspect the man with the striped umbrella
isn’t from around here
but it would be pointless to ask

We all come from somewhere else
at some point

and I’m more interested
in the by-product
of oil on water

(25 October 2018)


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