Spring 1999 • Vol. XXI No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 1999 |

What He Said

My friend said to me The one thing I'd never do Is to sleep with another man's Wife no actually he didn't say "Another man's" he said instead "A friend's" meaning I supposed me & though this was many years ago& meant I know To be reassuring I couldn't help But think Methinks he doth etcetera & as the sunlight this morning lifted These gold ribbons of smoke into the air I began once again to remember The dulled gilt mirror of the vanity Where one night she sat in her peach Gown long after I'd gone to bed & beside her the small white telephone which he could now no longer at last I understood from the distance of these years —No longer & for whatever reason— Make ring for her late into the solitary night

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