Bed of Roses Sonnet Contest

"Lava Lamp"
by James McBride


I sit and watch a lava lamp, the prize
My fourth grade son received for reading books:
The Readathon at Roosevelt. He eyes
Me as I gaze, with a puzzled look.

"What are you doing?" "Thinking about you
And lava lamps and all the stuff we would
Have missed if we had not had you."
He nods and leaves, as if he understood.

Indifferent, the viscous spheres rubbing and
Sliding and bumping couple and divide.
Our coupling, neither quiet nor cool, began
Again the chain of life that bides.

The fruit of passion, play, and love and joy—
From love, new love-our dear, dear boy.





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