Women and men lounge on couches.

Oil scents the air ylang ylang,

rose, jasmine, musk.

Lace and silk robes

decorate the doorways

arms thin and full


Men and women come

holding roses, perfume,

the finest tea and incense.

They place their gifts on the altar

and wait.

Women speak in whispers

kiss each other in corners.

Men hug on the stairway.

Women and men meet on cushions,

where everything is permitted.

In this place of every pleasure

I live.