Eating watermelon in the dark

on the front stoop
of a lightless cabin
in the Rockies
stars and moon
sucked away by storm

seeds slip easily
to the front of the mouth
fly into void

faces feel
what eyes cannot see
            cool splatter
            bursting crispness

juice dribbles warm
from chins

we laugh

in the distance
coyotes yammer
celebrating maybe
over rabbit

Sheryl Slocum

Sheryl Slocum

Sheryl Slocum lives in Milwaukee, where she teaches English as a second language. She is a member of the Hartford Avenue Poets. Her poetry appears in numerous small press publications as well as in the anthologies, Masquerades and Misdemeanors and No, Achilles.