Covidius Delirium

I slide along the edge
     of the bright blue universe.
The weather is warm here,
     sunlight on my brown skin.
My daughter and I fly a kite
     in the bright azure sky, so high
The sun ducks and smiles.
     She is laughing hysterically.
Hear that laughter? It’s a young
     brook singing her summer song!
Tonight, I grill big fat steaks,
     the kind with fat veins that clog
An old man’s heart. For dessert,
     a three-layer chocolate cake
Topped with a blood-red cherry.
     I drive a little red Ferrari,
My wife smiling in the passenger
     seat, hair dancing in the wind.
Later, we make love like
     the last two creatures on earth.
Above us the night sky burst
     into a billion trillion stars.

Bunkong Tuon is a Cambodian-American writer and critic. He is the author of Gruel, And So I Was Blessed (both published by NYQ Books), The Doctor Will Fix It (Shabda Press), and Dead Tongue (a chapbook with Joanna C. Valente, Yes Poetry). He teaches at Union College, in Schenectady, NY. He tweets @BunkongTuon

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