A crow stands in a field,
in loose earth between two rows
of irises. He struts
as I pass, and walks beside me.
It is an oily lantern,
How often I’ve cried out to the crows there
wanting a wife.
I think of Toulouse-Lautrec,
the words too loose and track,
the puns around painter’s names.
I swore I’d never walk the Seine again
or the two bridges of Paris
without another woman’s hand in mine.
What is Paris now,
and popup clowns.
They came out of their bedrooms
but could not hold their face.
You are before me,
the lights of Sacre Coeur
the Moulin Rouge
Toulouse-Lautrec and I
listening to the dark bells of Notre Dame.