The Secret Life

by Philip F. Clark

"He always enjoyed a secret life."

The second home in Cap Ferrat; 
the boyfriend and the wife; 
the pied-a-terre in London,
the ambassadorship in Spain; one 
bank account in Montreal, one bank
account in France; the Picasso that
he pondered, won at the highest price. 
The bespoke suits and the baseball cap,
the way he learned Walloon; his penchant
for the opera, his acumen for fame. 
The silver urn of ashes inscribed 
with his unknown name.