Ode to High School French

by Suzy Harris

you in your fine silks
and bouquets of pink peonies
your almond croissants—
heavenly pillows
scattering powdered sugar
on the pavement
your L’Heure Bleue
your delicate conjugations
the romance of you
the way I could never know you
your secrets always safe with me
I can’t say I loved you
but I cried for you
and longed to know
what you knew
praise your inflection
even your birdsong
trills with temptation