A Poolside Eclipse

Your head bobbed up
above the rounded concrete lip
then your shoulders brown on either side
of pale stripes starry with freckles
and then the rest of you

I held a towel out
but before you reached for it you slid
your hands down your arms and ankles
lifting jewels of water
away from you

and then your neck snapped
towards the sky so that your hair
followed a halfsecond behind
and poured down your back

before you gathered it with one hand
held near the twinkling roots
as you pulled from it
a long column of water
that stole gold from sunlight
and spun into the ground

where it turned to flat dark spots

you looked at me with a smile
half yawn half something else

as though you thought that nothing at all
had just happened

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