Spring 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 2006 |

Kinds of Camouflage

       For Robert Philen               1. Déjeuner, with Herbs Then I am sitting naked on damp grass(it rained in my yesterday)while two white gentlemenin black frock coats share luncharound me, passing chèvre, cold andouille,and baguettes, passing bon motsin French, in someone's nineteenth century,my muddled impression of one. I can'tunderstand a word. There must bea picnic basket somewhere, lined witha red-and-white-checked cloth,some visual cliché, althoughI know the cloth's pale blue, pale echoof a sky that isn't there. They hardlynotice me (two men now passing apples, anda bottle of medium quality red wine), or no,I exaggerate, they don't see meat all, my body naked to the breezetoo cold for noon although it maybe May; my skin respondsin kind and gets no answer, a situationI am used to. Browned warmth of my fleshtones is quickly cooling, and the dayis downcast, overcast: the basket'sbeen tipped over, grapes, peaches,and some f

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