Paradise to Keep


A piece of Morning dove in

to splash my chest with fresh sea salt.

I ran my naked fingers over her


swollen with rainwater

but soft,

for she was cloaked

in wispy cotton


and flecks of broken sun.

My head was plain

before today,

but its flame has been rekindled.

For she will forever

wriggle playfully between the dips in my knees

spreading sunshine over

my brown bones

“A Piece of Morning dove in” by Angie Hoover-Hillhouse

Artwork by Sarah Cruce

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