Nefertiti (College Avenue, State College, September 1996)

To the blonde, cigarette dangling from
lips in the blue Chevette— in a past life
I had you in Egypt, we danced, your
a neck like Nefertiti’s, furiously we made
love, lived together also in Pompeii, your
volcanic thighs took me sky-high, here
you are again, pale cool flat diamond
eyed, I am ravishing you, we never think
of New Jersey, murder, mortuaries, what’s
ugly, fleeting, as the light goes green it
is all in the grass of your face forever—
frissons, fireworks in someone’s mind.