Poem – Chest of Gold (1979)

A chest of gold. A hairy chest filled with gold

on the beach. Ireland has the Catholics

Germany has the Jews America has the Negro

and Darling, I have you.      Flash on

Blazing Star. Those dreams are not of

excellence.      Boys in tubs.  Light and

shade.   Late in life.   He kissed me

like a mouse nibbling cheese without

setting off the trap.   To be discovered

by circumstance.       C.P.W.  I’ve been

lording over a hot slave all night.

The history of the high heel.       Shoptalk

on Olympus.   “The happy bird sings.

The unhappy bird dies,” Maria Callas.

With all my heart I still love the

man I killed.

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