Henry Gould (USA), published in Issue 28.
Henry Gould lives in Providence, Rhode Island. His poems, essays and reviews have appeared in Jacket, Lit, Critical Flame, Mudlark, Providence Journal, Apex of the M, and other journals. He maintains a literary blog at : http://hgpoetics.blogspot.com. He also edited and published the collected poems of poet, translator and scholar of Hispanic and Portuguese literature, Edwin Honig, titled Time & Again : poems 1940-1997 (XLibris, 2000).
It was behind the slough, where we floated
the raft ‒ where we swung the tire-swing
over clay-brown slime (that muddy pond).
A miniature upland meadow. Grass waves,
milkweed lighthouses... ragged frieze
of stray unbroken apple trees, let out to
graze. Summer night, Atlantean (remote,
somewhere). Heidi invited us. The girls
had orchestrated everything (flashlights,
nets, jars) ‒ so we trailed along, into their
quaint galaxy. Coltish laughter, shimmer
of Salomé-grass. Ukiyo... paper-lantern
ambience. When we gathered fireflies
under firefly stars (garnet, violet, marine).