palm springs: reina de la noche

for Justin

I floated your back
with my fingertips –
the lullaby of
water yielding.
This is the best part
you said, from
the underlit green –
your skin free of worry
for the moment,
slicked with chlorine,
and the stars
all you saw
from that height.
I steered you in a night
where air pinned itself
to mountaintop,
beyond struggle. You
lining the boundary
with beating eyes.


Jaime Shearn Coan’s poems have appeared in the Mississippi Review, L.E.S. Review, drunken boat, and The Portland Review. His artist book dear someone, the product of a queerly collaborative letter-writing project, is distributed through Printed Matter.