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All Around the Palace

Jane Urquhart
From:   The Little Flowers of Madame de Montespan. The Porcupine's Quill, Inc., 1995. pp.25


You know the women

they have paused in your doorways
run their fingers over
your tapestries

memorized your garden

they have dressed for you
rearranged their features
their faces shine from mirrors

walking through the morning
on their thin ankles
blue veins glowing through
transparent skin
their nerves are humming
out to you

you turn your face away
you know the women

they have paused for
a moment in your doorways
while they are moving
dressed in transparent skins



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