In Paris, The Sweltering

by G.E. Simons

In Paris, the sweltering city

We brushed hips in the Embassy of Japan

Then loosened belts on our lightweight raincoats

Before sharing American cigarettes

With longing


In Europe, the blistering continent

We held back oceans and rode morning trains

Unravelling conversations that had taken all night

Then dared each other to travel

Much further