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Just Thinking 11/25/02

This week's Just Thinking column is the fourth parable sonnet in the "Meetings on the Road" series: "Diverse Desires." For your reading pleasure, I reprint it, in its entirety, here.

Meetings on the Road, IV:
Diverse Desires

by Justin Katz

"Do you live on this block?" a woman asked,
her head skewed like a white-chocolate cherry
on cake. Her mansion, on whose lawn she basked,
was, to the buildings beyond, contrary.

When I named my distant community,
she tittered of its quaint reputation
and extolled her city's diversity,
with its diverse— ahem — recreation.

She'd stopped me, as I'd walked by, to request
that I reserve her a room (off Main Street),
in which to entertain a "cross-town guest."
She laughed when I questioned, "Why so discreet?"

And if her guest proved not shrewdly supine?
"Who'd believe his word — or yours — over mine?"

Posted by Justin Katz @ 10:14 PM EST