Trespassing Fondly Enough
by William Doreski
Exploring houses and shops with you,
fondling leather chairs, bolts of silk,
and crystal decanters, explaining
ourselves to families at dinner,
excusing ourselves to lonely men
slumped before the evening TV news,
I feel bronze enough to pose naked
beside the Boston Public Gardens.
You shed your kinky boyfriend
not because of his lust for nuns
but because he cheated his father
out of a slab of real estate
and sold it to Donald Trump.
Now a skyscraper shaped like a tine
of a tuning fork hogs that acre
and your boyfriend has flown to Dublin
to seduce an Irish nun he met
at the airport. Escorting you
by means of his master key
through townhouses and shops closed
for the day, we’re risking arrest
as burglars, but no one has complained,
accepting our presence as friendly
and well-meaning ghosts. Exhausted
by our meanderings, we slump
in a stranger’s living room and pour
Scotch into glasses embossed
with pheasant-hunting scenes. You sigh
that luscious pearly sigh no man
but your boyfriend can resist. Too bad
I’m older than your father or else
I’d pounce that carnivorous pounce
you expect when you strike this pose.
The evening flickers in the streets.
We ought to introduce ourselves
to whoever owns this house but
for now we stretch and preen and sniff
the tawny liquor and toast ourselves,
glowing gemlike in the dusk.