after Verlaine

In Paris boutiques

for the past two weeks

the marrons glacèes

balance and weigh

their techniques


where the flowery doors

of the candyshop drawers

are the lifetime fruits

of the deciduous roots

of our stores


the wrapping's on top 

of our street's pastry shop

the sun a bouquet

like a lemon soufflè

or a child's lollipop