by Jim Harrison
Near a flower shop off boulevard Raspail
a woman in a sundress bending over
I’d guess about 49 years of age
in a particular bloom, just entering
the early Autumn of her life
a thousand-year-old smile on her face
so wide open that I actually shuddered
the same shudder I did in 1989
coming over the lip of a sandbar
and seeing a big bear below me.
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