Viewing the local antiquities

My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground 

I walk in my hide, walk naked from her rented bed through her hall to her efficiency kitchen, as if I were at home; as if I had all the time in the world; as if we were lovers.

She, naked too, stands at the electric stove, lifting the edge of the pancake so the batter runs under: a single huge pancake, in the special pancake pane.

I put the syrup and margarine on the kitchen table; her fridge, a Louis Vuitton invoice ("PAID") held to the door with a daisy magnet, was as empty as mine. On her desk, the bills, neatly arranged in plastic storage boxes; the family smiles from a seashell frame.

A painting throws back light from the wall: A troupe of white-robed white-winged little girls with black-dotted eyes who, smiling, ply their gold harps, brass trumpets, bronze violins, copper drums, hovering high in white impasto:

"I think I missed two."


Out the big window, the darkening city's grid glows. Naked, we walk down the hall.


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Angel's Apartment: 1, 2, 3.

"Goodbye, my friends!" 
Angel, of Dunkin' Donuts, grasping her midriff overspill in both hands.


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