tropical house by Martin Potter

water droplets on green leaves

tepid lapping a concrete lip
the koi concealed until they rise
ripple the water’s viscous skin

where you could sit on the smooth ledge
or a piously provided bench
back from the basin’s retaining wall

lily pad leather patches the pool
while heavy foliage arched above
screens off the structure of glass sky

you first learned a banana leaf
caught in the humid comfort heat
the minah birds’ voices drift

across from nextdoor climate zone
it’s an iron-girded universe

About the Author

Martin Potter (https://martinpotterpoet.home.blog) is a British-Colombian poet and academic, based in Manchester, and his poems have appeared in AcumenThe French Literary ReviewEborakonScintillaInk Sweat & TearsThe Poetry Village, andother journals. His pamphlet In the Particular was published by Eyewear in December, 2017.