Verb Tables

March, 2016/April, 2016

Le passé défini
Page after French page
one for each verb
carefully scribed with ruler and pen
effortless plus-que-parfait
a koan of being

Across the aisle to the left
the pale knees of Liz G
rising into the bell of her pleated plaid skirt
And off to the right
the elfin mystique of Peg C
diaphanous, pale fantasy

Every conjugaison memorized
long before my surrender
to metronomic intercourse
and decades further
into the temps futur of undreamt subjunctives
when I learn from Old Norse
that wanton young Freyja
could conjugate too.

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