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Meetings on the Road, IV:

Diverse Desires


“Do you live on this block?” a woman asked,
her head skewed like a white-chocolate cherry
on cake. Her mansion, on whose lawn she basked,
was, to the buildings beyond, contrary.

When I named my distant community,
she tittered of its quaint reputation
and extolled her city’s diversity,
with its diverse — ahem — recreation.

She’d stopped me, as I’d walked by, to request
that I reserve her a room (off Main Street),
in which to entertain a “cross-town guest.”
She laughed when I questioned, “Why so discreet?”

And if her guest proved not shrewdly supine?
“Who’d believe his word — or yours — over mine?”



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10/07/02 Fundamentalism by Any Other Name (Religion)

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