Rue St. Michel's
bridge above Seine,
rapid current below-
graffiti over Mona Lisa.
riding the Metro.
Montparnasse cigarette cafe
a smoky dream-
artists wander looking for cheap wine.
I spot Picasso arguing with a prostitute
who slept with Hemingway in the back of
Shakespeare and Company.
de Gaulle upright
pissing on Nazi goosesteps
down the Champs- Elysees,
G.I. liberates and waves to crowds
later will high kick at the Moulin Rouge.
Renoir sips espresso with Satie.
Van Gogh frantic with colors is all ears listening to
Toulouse-Lautrec's short argument with Napoleon.
near long shadows of the Tuileries-
Medieval streets wind
toward jazz guitar and anisette
echoes of the lost generation
a movable Arc de Triomphe
while beat generation
lusts poetry in the La Marais cafes
drunk on opera.
Venus de Milo riding a bicycle
with French bread
under her arms.
King Louie seductive guillotine
captures brief bloody
Prostitutes take communion in Notre Dame
from father de Maupassant
luring them inside the confessional.
Alone in a dark cafe
argues with a gargoyle
later discovers the sewers of Andre Breton.
Space aliens receive signals from the Eiffel Tower
capture Salvador Dali
who is released quickly
too much Paris.