Naming The Undeniable
Car tu n'avais eu qu'à paraître,
qu'à jeter un regard sur moi,
pour t'emparer de tout mon être,

          from the libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

(Poem by Wendy Howe )

She beckons every few hours --
an urge, a whirl of smoke
scenting the terrace.

As if lightly
pencilled in, her languid shape
evokes the ghost
of Carmen swirling her skirts
from one side to the other,
smoker to quitter
and round again.

Her smile flares, each corner
stealing its red allure
from the toreador's cape.

You cannot resist
her song of pleasure
as she turns
and throws a blossom
of embers, this hot
bird-of paradise

flying from her hand
to your showered feet
gleaming on the door sill.
If you step down
and scrape your soles
on the cobblestone
reaching for that token,
her menthol hem
snagged on your tongue,
I will not blame
or love you less
as a man --
but understand how
I am drawn to you.

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It's not flirtation
rolled up in bedsheets
or Roman shades
when the sun arrives;
but a desire inhaled
and matured to a passion
(life long)
I do not wish to curb
or watch dissipate
like the ache
of prayer bells
numbing slowly into twilight.

Note- the above epigram in French translates to the following lines from Carmen's flower song -- "For all you needed was to be there, To throw a fleeting glance my way, to have full mastery of me."

© 2011, Wendy Howe. E-mail.

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