We borrowed that apartment
like clothes: remember,
no underwear, a silk dress
found in the market,
the flying white curtains.
Mirrors; walnuts in baskets
on the kitchen floor; loaves
bigger than your hand;
a geranium in a pot outside the window
All the parts of others lives,
their habits like soft shirts
hanging in a wardrobe.
The low bed, for us to practice
living together, sleeping, dreaming,
love-making, lying awake.
The tables yellow oilcloth
to wipe daily, as if we lived here
was born in England and has enjoyed living for nearly ten years
in Key West. Her latest novel, "Seas Outside the Reef,"
is available from John Daniel, Santa Barbara, Ca. A collection of
her short stories is scheduled for release in 2002.