Liquid Sunset

by Mark Waldrop

After work and wine,    I

Take some red food coloring and empty it

Into my bath water.


I submerge myself and open my eyes

Like looking backwards at the world through

A liquid sunset.


I push myself under water, squeaking

Feet sound like dolphins and


I hold myself under, knees cool in the air like

Two islands in the red sea.  I blow

Thick tasting chalky Cabernet

Bubbles to make the lights dance.


Instead they throb and pulse.  They


More alive than I am.