Spring 2003 • Vol. XXV No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 2003 |

Erotic Roman Antiquities

Naples for Mihaela   Even in the museum we held hands—  like those schoolchildren  sporting yellow tees & blue bandannas,  each clasping a partner, noisy little clones  steered away from the exhibit by their tutor—before glass cases lit like store windows displaying their goods: penises with bells hanging from them, penises with legs, penises with wings and, in one instance, a penis with bells, legs, and wings. I'd forgotten that exhibition of erotic Roman antiquities until this morning, when I asked, "Why do you sleep so much?" and, smiling, you replied:            "In my sleep, I forgive you."

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