A Painting, In Progress
indigo, the quick
slip of cobalt and wisteria
through the glimmering, brazen sunlight
casting its net in the Caribbean -
depicting the spoils
of the island: bougainvillaeas,
orchids, hibiscus, the doctor birds
above rooftops, above mango trees
laden with fruit the size of melons,
above overreaching coconut trees.
will smudge the perfectly straight railing
of the balcony, petals painted
open (scandalous!) in direct sunlight.