danced and wobbled

‘know that tea’

intrusion and alarm

charming kiss-curls

something caustic and laughable


big cropped head

without fault

a special cup and saucer

kisses and calm dinners

a woman who has read Spenser

without love, I will tell you

to the pines, to the mushrooms

covered his face with a handkerchief


‘don’t laugh, Deacon’

with pepper, with pepper