A banyan leaf, glossy green,

but in shape a folded tortilla,

its sides buttressed by skeletal ribs,

cups a remainder of yesterday’s rain

to form a recreational pool

for the insect high-diving from the stem.


Copyright 2016

T. Allen Culpepper


Male Beauty Speaks with Musical Voice



Skinny but cute in black tee and cranberry shorts

with golden blond hair attractively shaggy

sitting cross-legged on one of the tall chairs near

the windows, in a position I probably couldn’t

even get into,


Speaking softly in a sweet musical voice to his

friend across the table as they work on homework

for college,


Left-handed, he gestures with the long slender

fingers of his right, arm curving gracefully outward

as in the bird-flapping-wings movement

of tai chi,


And then, as he digs for something in his backpack,

he looks up and smiles, extending a shapely leg,

light-haired and lightly tanned and arching

a sandaled foot,


And I wish for a moment that I were thirty years

younger and back in the day when, under the

right circumstances, I might have been

the friend.


Copyright 2014

T. Allen Culpepper