The pond frogs belch and croak. Moonlight ripples under the curtains. Beneath summer- sweaty sheets my legs thrust out straight, pleat back and repeat. I hold my breath until my eyes bulge from my head, my skin turns the color of grass, until I am nothing but a madly darting heartbeat. In their silted pond, one by one, the frogs go silent.
Hari Bhajan Khalsa’s poems have been published in Poet Lore, Comstock Review, Sow’s Ear, Roanoke Review, Tiger’s Eye, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Gyroscope Review, Moria and forthcoming in Transcend and Hive Avenue. She is the author of the chapbook, Life in Two Parts (Main Street Rag, 2010) and a book of poems, Talk of Snow (Walrus, 2015). She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, just waiting for the perfect dog to join the family.