GHAZAL FROM CUBA

Linda Umans
 
In glistening wet wave roaring Havana tunes pop from pockets. Folks enrich to the music.
Over the Malecón on the rough purple seas shrimp boats and fishermen pitch to the music.
 
Diners chatting and frowning and smiling the tropical atmosphere spelling its charm.
Beautiful players sturdy and lined their motile bodies toggle switch to the music.
 
The endangered crocodiles pile and shine. Crocs as crocs, alive and stunning.
The rummified tourist looking good in her mind starts slowly to bewitch to the music.
 
Bee hummingbirds vibrate above the screech owl's nest in its home in the hollowed tree.
The colorful couple dressed up in the café surprise be to them they'll unhitch to the music.
 
In the midst of sewing a jacket of dreams Lin will drink rum, play soulful memory CDs.
As she imbibes, the rhythms inspire her to cross, chain and split stitch to the music.
 

LINDA UMANS enjoyed a long teaching career in the New York City public schools. She is a native of Manhattan where she lives, studies, writes. Recent publications include poems in qarrtsiluni, Terrain.org, The Broome Street Review, Theodate, DIALOGIST, Switched-on Gutenberg, Composite {Arts Magazine}, Spillway, Spiral Orb, A Narrow Fellow, The Ghazal Page, and pieces in Mr. Beller's Neighborhood