From Nude Against a Rock (poems after Keith Vaughan)
Two Figures Embracing
I want more than anything someone I can love and trust and who is willing to return the same. But I cannot find that person, nor do I know any longer where to look for him. — Keith Vaughan, First journal entry, 25th August 1939
A street in Amiens
where the men hunch their shoulders
and ask for a light.
A whitewashed chapel on Santorini
where I catch his eye: that glint
the tiniest flame.
Some flicker of interest – dark lashes
letting me in. (O dive dive!)
This chill; its risk; a goosepimpled temptation.
To the Black Horse in Soho,
the Gents under the clock tower,
through parks at dusk, amusement arcades.
A week before war my prince
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