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Design fault

I take solace in spring,
in lupins against her bodice.
But such nervous voyeurism
never bursts into an affair.
My designs for a fresh wife fall

flat as a Byzantine icon
before Giotto’s modelling.
I recall ‘affairs of the heart’
cooling into the clinical
description of genitals.

October 1986, Normanby, Dunedin

 


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