ANNMARIE ELDON

  

The Toss

He slapped a coin onto your counter.           It came up

tails.

Everything you needed to know about
                                                                                         where
&                                                                                      how
to

                                                                                         kiss
                                                                                         me
was already contained
in that slight twinkle
of his eye
as he

                                                                                         flicked
&
                                                                                         flipped

&
you
                                                                                         licked
&
                                                                                         slipped

right into my dream:
his hand came
down
&

he winked, crept away
took his dime

&
we
                                                                                         sweated
&
                                                                                         cried


                                                                                         &
aided
                                                                                         &

abetted

by our guide's timeless departure, finally
slept
in our                                                                                 beds,


thanking God into our pillows
that it wasn't



heads.