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This poem is taken from PN Review 34, Volume 10 Number 2, November - December 1983.

Intra Muros (translated by Theo Hermans) H.C. ten Berge

for Yolande and the lotus eater

In the rue de Vaugirard
there's a messag6e on a wall

Lotus: changez votre décor

I'll gladly take it to heart
now that I'm walking beside her delicate smile
and near the same wall where I
buy pumpkins the street has suddenly
changed its aspect


ADJUSTED SONNET

A wall and a wall and a wall and a wall with a door
a sketch of a wall and a wall and a wall and a wall with a door
a jacket and a shoe and a lemon and a pad on a table
a sketch of a jacket and a shoe and a lemon and a pad on a table
a hand and a letter and a mouth and a mosquito
a sketch of a hand and a letter and a mouth and a mosquito
an eye and a mouth and a shoe and a wall
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