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The Left Bank

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



Poem The Left Bank - David Lehman