Winter 1981 • Vol. III No. 1 Poetry |

Two Poems: Sentimental Education

The man and woman went down to the green canoe To make their fateful incision upon the blue water, Steadying each other, when they entered, as upon a totally uncertain concept. They seemed to be standing upon the vast, illimitable jelly of their desires—The quaking of the water had, in fact, a certain comfort in it, The solidity of their bodies swaying in a soft, primordial laissez-faire. Not until she sat down in the bow and he took the oar, She in a white dress and he in shirtsleeves and straw summer hat, Did the luxurious, visceral shimmying reach its partial diminuendo. Then they prepared to do, what we all must do—close the metaphor. Perhaps they went to an island to picnic from a basket she had brought, Perhaps the shadow of a huge tree would pallet their embrace. He left the seal of his shoe upon the bank, she looked back somewhat wistfully As if somewhere there were a room with closely drawn white curtains, a shaded lamp, Two contented people doing nothin

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