—a poem by JD DeHart

Bubbled and sudden
the reaction unfurls in front
of us, two tables across.
It is the loud conversation
from another room, never
exposed under full view
of light, a wriggling salamander
of social situation, his face
turning crimson and hers
a wool blanket of embarrassment
giving slow way to its own
blush shade, erupting of its
own, two volcanoes floating
in a sea of passing appetizers.

JD DeHart is the author of The Truth About Snails, a chapbook. His main blog is and he is a staff writer for Verse-Virtual.