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(Image: Brooklyn Museum)

 

Her anger enhanced

the strong attraction he felt,

but her frank consent

was what he was awaiting.

He had spent a long

time feigning indifference.

Now he lay down beside her,

restraining himself all night.

They stood on the verandah,

watching the dawn sky.

It was a perfect moment.

The city beckoned.

He withdrew silently; his

scent impregnated her robes.