Insomnia

 

is like wind in the palm trees. It bends
slender limbs and wipes wet sand and
salt onto the ragged flags of fronds. The
leaves click: ticky-tick, ticky-tick. And
every so often, a meaty coconut drops.




                —Tiffany Lee Brown



Excerpted from A Compendium of Miniatures, prose poems by Tiffany Lee Brown. Tiger Food Press, Portland, 2007.