He watched as she removed
her silver bracelets,
preparing to take notes
on her laptop.

One from the left wrist,
three from the right;
cuff-bracelets, not bangles.

The first from her right wrist
was engraved with a geometric
Native American design.
A medallion of sage-colored turquoise
formed the centerpiece of the second.

Three strips of hammered silver
connected at both ends by silver bands
was the third bracelet to come off;
set carefully on the desk
next to the others.

From her left wrist, she removed
a sophisticated band
of azure and black beadwork.
Thin silver strips encased the
tiny beads like wooden slats
in a garden walkway that
keeps stones from spreading
throughout the flowers.

She looked up,
saw him watching her,
and felt naked.