Wheezy baby, I called her that, then. Tree sprung, wind rot—
slid view of rain knots.
I looked away, and she kept on. Wheeze. Spiral bound, basket tilt,
the world was orbed again. Warp and wilt
looped fine. Clouds blew—not breath-flipped
but a march-along trumpet riff
through the soak. Breather. Smoke exhumed, my slacks
pulled up. I said, Come on. (Alacrity
my motto, with the basket, all day.) “Smear mouth,” some man said.
“No pleats.” And looked away. Wheezy red
above the wicker, round and round, her geography disrupted by that pond
Lagoon and bugs and frogs.
Then, those were we. Wheezy whee! Nougat
with a thumb poked through.