Connie Bensley

Decorous Confessions

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Unexpectedly, he made a sober

success

with his self-published book

of decorous confessions.

It eschewed turmoil in the

bedchamber

and coarse descriptions

of disarranged clothing,

but confided reminiscences —

a bird

which he’d stolen from a gold

cage;

a love message intercepted;

a trespassing glance glanced,

and the dénouement:

the day when he took her hand

and, with slow avidity,

stripped her white kid glove

from her warm, willing fingers.