TO LEARN

HER LANGUAGE

to learn her
language
he followed her
lips
(loved how
she rolled
her r sounds
as the s
of his kisses
splashed
up and down

and those f consonants
so smoothly affricative
he could not
full his
fill
of them

and then
those open vowels
so
sauve
(at high crescendo
so deep did resound)
and then
lesson
accomplished: time
for revision

in the course of
an hour
and then
throughout
the night

she taught
the Professor
many things

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AS YOU

MAY WELL
HAVE GUESSED

when Jesus
wept

someone was
(as you
may have guessed)
lecturing on
the logic
of reductio
ad absurdum

but what are these fallacies to us
who are slipping back
into a world
of scapegoat before
sacrifice

child on the Cross: now there’s a conjunction
infer all you want, it’s all
just a sign of
our
slavery to
the sign