A Couple Embraces by the Silver Lake Reservoir

Her pink top has spaghetti straps.
His sweat pants encircle years of fine dinners.
These two are not small.
This is a good omen.
Today will be a generous day.
All the herbs in Los Angeles,
rosemary, lavender, basil, thyme,
will expend their perfumes in the sun
with no thought of recompense.
Unexpected birds will arrive in backyards
with flashes of vermillion and tunes from Bali.
See, the little hills are Odalisques,
boldly inviting a lover’s glance.
Don’t be shy. Don’t worry if your butt looks fat.
Lean forward, take it all in your voluptuous arms.

Linda Hoag

 

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