Hot Rocks

by Bob Redmond, Michael Dylan Welch, and Amy Baranski

First published in the “Hands Across the Water” special issue of The Bamboo Hut in December 2018, page 44. Also available on Amazon. Originally written in August 2018.

young lovers show off

their hickies at the bus stop—

summer heat Bob

hands not in the air

on the roller coaster Michael

lake stroll

they take turns

licking honeysuckle Amy


at last, the two faces touch Bob

their scores forgotten

at mini golf . . .

the clown’s nose lights up Michael

at the swimming hole

hot rocks wear the clothes Amy