In Paris by Charles Bane, Jr

In Paris, all the streets

were rained and magpies

in the shadows of Notre Dame

poured tunes. The cafes dripped

and all the city was wet that

afternoon; you said, look

at the long haired Seine; do you want

to walk in the Jardins des Plantes ?

No, I said, let’s hold Mass in your room.

You lay and I heard bells at the lifting

of the moon. A thousand souls somewhere

in the dark of France flew.

Charles Bane, Jr. is the American author of The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor, 2011) and Love Poems ( Kelsay Books, 2014). His work was described by the Huffington Post as "not only standing on the shoulders of giants, but shrinking them." Creator of The Meaning Of Poetry series for The Gutenberg Project, he is a current nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida. "In Paris" is from his new release.

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