Kolbe Riney


The Real Inspector by Matthew Hindley

I think
your body twining
the railing
of a bridge
as you capture
that yellow
poppy sunset
over patagonia lake,
blue herons
sliding their mouths open
into dark waters,
swallowing their catch
think of stepping
in a midnight
ghost town,
my eyes
for you,
searching for textures,
for the lens.
here it is,
I say,
in the stairs
of an office building,
the only thing lit.
in the jump
of a fountain,
like that
of an escaping goldfish
from a bowl.
you crouch
and snap it,
backlit orange
and body silhouetted
but for the shells
of your shoulders,
maybe wings.


About the writer:
Kolbe Riney is a queer poet and student based out of Tucson, Arizona. Her work appears in the West Trestle Review and Persona Magazine, and is forthcoming in Camas Magazine, the West Trade Review, and Panoplyzine.

Image: The Real Inspector by Matthew Hindley (1974- ). Acrylic and oil on canvas. 200 x 200 cm. 2011. By free license. Matthew Hindley graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2002, where he was awarded the Michaelis Prize.