“We could not have helped it, dissolving
back into kisses, into resurrections,
sprinting like fawn and satyr to our room,
wishing the disdainful doe-eyed desk clerk
gone when, past noon, we’d stride out
again to gambol and ogle and gawk, eat
and drink, kiss and talk, our bodies opening
and flaunting themselves like two blooms
of hibiscus because we were in Paris, the city
set aside for creatures in our enlarged,
engorged condition—and time was ripe.”

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