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Callaloo 25.2 (2002) 441

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William's Visit

Reetika Vazirani

He came like a slipknot        his car
a dot beyond the plaza of caf├ęs where
we sat        Pennsylvania Avenue a coffeeshop
at G Street my-name-is don'tleaveme
a two week visa give me four        I felt
about Paris the way I felt about him
what he would do to me six feet tall
eyes grinning white skin I am not
from here but what I'd give
I'm nineteen years terrible I'll-tell-
and I'm left churning if I were
but I kept hearing us laugh were
white as I dreamt we would past the District
Building sun setting balmy before rain
we wandered towards his car        I mentioned
the weather why not take my arm till dark
pretend it's Paris June light until eleven o'clock


Reetika Vazirani is author of World Hotel and White Elephants. Her work has appeared in the 2000 Pushcart Prize anthology, Best American Poetry 2000, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and other periodical publications. For her essay "The Art of Breathing," (in How to Live with Yoga), she won the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award.



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