Meadow Dream. Copyright © 2016 by Shallon Fadlien.
A story for you—
in late afternoon drizzle
coming home through familiar Balata
its blossoming gardens of mangoes, gloricidia
and palms’ branches like multi-winged cherubim — in that light
a huge rainbow, close as heaven, spectrum a palette
of red to indigo and her sister violet
and I saw the end down a footpath
settled like a full-bodied beauty on a bench
under a breadfruit tree, there off Balata —
this true story is for you and the un-looked-for embrace
of the arms of your tender-hued interest
which surprised me, coming round this bend, like that arc-en-ciel.