Hot Rocks

First published in the “Hands Across the Water” special issue of The Bamboo Hut in December 2018, page 44. Originally written in August 2018.

      by Bob Redmond, Michael Dylan Welch, and Amy Baranski

young lovers show off
their hickies at the bus stop—
summer heat                                                                 Bob

        hands not in the air
        on the roller coaster                                             Michael

lake stroll
they take turns
licking honeysuckle                                                      Amy

        cloudbusting—
        at last, the two faces touch                                 Bob

their scores forgotten
at mini golf . . .
the clown’s nose lights up                                           Michael

        at the swimming hole
        hot rocks wear the clothes                                  Amy