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first published at <www.triplopia.org>
august 2005

NUMBER SIXTY-EIGHT

Sixty-eight is on the gate
if you should come this way

where Jacaranda petals fall,
spread purple circles on green
carpets curved by azaleas ablaze

with pinks and reds and gold.
Drooping orchids ooze light sweet scents.
 Festooned wisteria, honeysuckle hugging jasmine,

rondeletia, ginger, frangipani and more.
Gardenia, portwine-magnolia scented nights;
ah, this perfumed garden divine. Intoxicating, warm

mellow air of early spring in paradise. Dear friend
it's really awfully nice if you
should come this way

where mating pythons
slip and slide,
become one plait

then untwist
twirl,
slink silently

into
smoky
sunset haze.

Sixty-eight is on the gate
if you should come this way.












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