Extravagant Simplicity

Come

Sit down beside me

Let us return

Just for a moment

And only in our mind

To a time long ago

When women gathered

Around city fountains

To gossip and laugh and chatter

As they took care of

Their families and their towns

Dressed in layers

Upon layers

But still not hiding

Their feminine charms or figures

Back to a time when love

Was passionately experienced

On picnics

In hidden woods

Or through poetry

Spoken tenderly

On bended knee

Followed by a stolen kiss

Most conveniently

A time before technology

Where all things

Were extravagant

In their simplicity

E.A. Fussell

03.07.2020

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