Thessaloniki Summer Visit

by Ed Higgins


I learned

one summer

in the North East

Thessaloniki heat was


the blue, brown eyes

& spicy mezé thighs

of their young women 

was of equivalent heat.


And oh their sighs--

their nubile starlit

sighs--those are sung

to a laiko &

rebetiko beat.


Feeling hotly

Thessalonikian still

I could ride again

that humid-hot

Aegean mise-en-scene.


Smooth as a heatwave's

softly rising thought.