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Discovery

They are spies who meet at church.
The password is <i>Muscat Cannelli.</i>
Dante to the right,
Da Vinci to the left,
Michelangelo
and Galileo—
everyone is here!

Bones are bringing
half-believers to their knees
while atheists buy candles,
and she tells him:
"I am an adventuress
and marriage is my enemy."
He answers: "<i>Cara mia</i>, never
make a decision until it's too late."

As thunder shakes the sky, cats disappear,
soccer balls bounce into corners.
Violinists come in from the rain
to rehearse the Top Secret Overture.

Thieves and artists drink together
to discovery.

Published in <i>Poetry Northwest</i>