Cadeaux #8

“Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.”

Thomas S. Szasz, The Second Sin (1974)









XVI. For John Singer Sargent 



braids & flowers


in their beds

sung softly

into summer dreams

where scents speak

with a child’s voice –

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose 

still faint but,

o how different! – Fiat lux!

& laughing at

the fall of darkness












The Temptations – Runaway Child, Running Wild (1969) 

 The Temptations – Runaway Child Running Wild – YouTube


Peter Bies © 2012


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