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That day, we were like one

of his troubled pairs, speechless

until he spoke for them,


haunters of silence at noon

in a deep lane that was sexual

with ferns and butterflies,


scared at our hurt,

throat-sick, heat-struck, driven

into the damp-floored wood


where we made an episode

of ourselves, unforgettable,

unmentionable,


and broke out again like cattle

through bushes, wet and raised,

only yards from the house.