Orange Being Done
Sunlight white across the water,
a phosphite of yellow sparks.
Flush on the surface of the sea,
fresh blood of amber and almondine,
a trail of flame, the path I dreamed
when I was a child. As night convenes
the vestiges of day, a stain
of scarlet reaches to the coast,
a ruby rabid for dark,
and the light disappears
again and again and again.
Ruth Bavetta's poems have appeared in Rattle, North American Review, Nimrod, Rhino, Tar River Review, Slant, Atlanta Review and many others, and are included in several anthologies. Her books include Flour, Water, Salt and Fugitive Pigments, (FutureCycle), Embers on the Stairs (Moon Tide), and No Longer at This Address (Aldrich). She loves light of November afternoons, the music of Stravinsky and the smell of the ocean. She hates pretense, fundamentalism and sauerkraut.