I slipped into the hollow
blackened trunk of a redwood
one foggy Sunday
and crooked my finger.
A forest nymph! you laughed.
In a wink you're inside.
What a fine and private place to kiss
in the wit of the moment
Inside this house of ours,
charred walls we can touch
at the core of the living tree.
The scars left by lighting fires
are sleek and cool to our hands.
We are the only heat.
Chana Bloch’s Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems will be published in 2015. She is the author of four books of poems, and co-translator of the biblical Song of Songs, The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai and his Open Closed Open, and Hovering at a Low Altitude: The Collected Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch. Bloch is professor emerita at Mills College, where she taught for many years and directed the creative writing program.
Elaine Badgley Arnoux's work developed from her connections to her Nebraska roots and the progressive vitality of California. Elaine's solo exhibitions throughout California include the Triton Museum. Her art is in many private collections including the Fine Art Museum of San Francisco at the Legion of Honor, Stanford Special Collections, and The Library of Congress: Special Collections.