POEM: a list poem for lovers

Lovers_Pál_Szinyei_Merse

a list poem for lovers

let’s kiss on a rainy bridge
while a lone busker plays the saxophone
his tattered umbrella keeping off the rain

let’s buy fruit we can’t identify
in a market in Vietnam, negotiating
the price with hand gestures and smiles

let’s lose ourselves in the winding streets
of an Italian village and ask for directions
from a nun carrying a basket of flowers

let’s make elaborate dinners for our friends
filling the house with the smell of garlic
tasting it hours later on each other’s hands

let’s make love in a park after closing
staying quiet to avoid the occasional cop
some clothes on and some clothes off

21 July 2013
Auburn AL

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The painting: Lovers, 1870. Pál Szinyei Merse. Hungarian National Gallery

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