tagNon-Erotic PoetryIn the British Museum

In the British Museum

bydemure101©

Egyptian gallery. Amidst the wealth
of splendid sculpture, mummies, tombs and gold
a simple necklace held my eyes. It made

me long to take it from its case and drape
its blue and silver beads on naked skin
enhancing thus two beauties. But too long

one has been hidden from the world, too long
been out of reach. You have no truck with such
outlandish thoughts or feelings, with such things

impractical – and so the vision shifts
on my grey longing, like a worn-out jest,
to lose its shine upon a stranger’s breast.

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