Cover Photo: Poetry by Summer Edward  by Summer Edward

Poetry by Summer Edward

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Bim: Arts for the 21st Centuryvolume 3, number 2

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Wet Season Memories


The years have burst their drying pods,

cringing and flying like cotton before wind

and I forget about poui season in the hills.


I forget it is wet season in Trinidad

when rain in the morning sounds like so many tongues

prophesying the excitement of afternoon floods,

as branches palm greenly against galvanized roofs.


I forget the lighting-damp silences of nights,

the electric fan blowing away the mosquito room,

leaving only mango-filled windows, the moon

like a sky-jumbie bathing in the glass.


It has been ages since those drizzling Sundays

when we swam, together, through Tunapuna market,

hearing in the underwater a boy plugging poinsettias,

seeing thyme illuminated on chicken feed bags.


There must be life in these dried up memories,

some arable place left over from all those years

where I can plunge these withered dreams deep in water,

watch them bleed to life again.

Summer Edward is a Trinidadian-American writer.  Her work appears or is forthcoming in Bim: Arts for the 21st Century, The Missing Slate, Horn Book Magazine, Kweli Journal, Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society, The Ekphrastic Review, Moko Magazine, sx salon, The Columbia Review, The Caribbean Writer, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Duende, Negative Capability Press, Waxwing Literary Journal, Re-Markings and others. She is  a Small Axe Literary Prize shortlistee, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and was selected for the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s New Talent Showcase.