Summer 2000


David Lehman



Time with an insolent
toothpick in his mouth
asks a stranger for the time
the stranger is a woman
wearing rouge a levre
and boucles d'oreilles
because we're in Paris
and she asks
Do you play piano?
and he says
No, I play attitude piano
that's the way it goes
unlike hateful married life
where he feels angry she feels guilty
she says she's sorry he doesn't give a damn
and hours go by before the remorse code
is deciphered, repealed



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