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     after Arthur Rimbaud


15 minutes ‘til the matinee, my sweet

the summer of love revisited

my beer evaporates in the sun

as we stare at the dirty hippies


The Bass dance in the vast sunlight

burning like Hesperus

Yesterday’s agitants in shirts of cotton

looking like “The Carpenters”


we dance silently as pudding

as they slaughter

the lamb

on the hill

for the fifth time


O, we say goodbye little charmers

subjects of Babylon

Venus would quit in an instant

at the site of these lame children


maybe if it rained hamburgers

these gypsies would

leave us in peace

to attend to our afternoon swim.



[Originally published in NHS 2005, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs05/thomas_r_peters_jr.html.]