O tempora! O mores!
I get these girly magazines in the mail because
I'm writing short stories for them again
and here in these pages are these ladies
exposing their jewel boxes —
it looks more like a gynecologist's
everything boldly and clinically
beneath bland and bored physiognomies.
it's a turn-off of gigantic
the secret is in the
take that away and you have dead
a century back
a man could be driven mad
by a well-turned
one could imagine
that the rest
now they shove it at us like a
on a platter.
there is hardly anything as beautiful as
a woman in a long dress
not even the sunrise
not even the geese flying south
in the long V formation
in the bright freshness
of early morning.