Poems About You Tonight

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Poems About You Tonight         
by David Lehman

The Left Bank

Don’t walk away, Renee,

I’m just getting warmed up

your body is like a river

and I’m going to swim across

I want to explore the left

bank of you then the right

you’re the only woman in

this room with a sunflower

in her hair and you take

forever in the bathroom

making me wait finally you

emerge with a bottle of beer

in one hand an ashtray in

the other and say, “Okay, when

do we start?” you’re looking

good tonight Renee with about

twenty-five bracelets on your

left wrist bandages on both legs

an ankle bracelet how I long

to see you wearing nothing but

that ankle bracelet all my poems

are about you tonight Renee

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David Lehman

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