The fourth sequence in Dante's Heaven is called 'Love is a Babe', a sequence of poems around Beatrice's voice.

Someone kissed me

Someone kissed me ?
Is it blood or lipstick
on my cheek?

Was it a thought
brushed past me
or a moth's wing

but there, those scarlet stains
on my skin, my white dress.
I walk the Lungarno

near the Ponte Sante Trinit?.
He's evaporated
into the crowd

How shall I ever know him again
beyond this touch
and he so pure?

from Dante's Heaven (Puriri Press, 2006), copyright ? Jan Kemp 2006, used by permission of the author

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