One night late
he came to the house looking for the husband.
The wife was in her study in the attic
with all the lights on down below.
Got your house lit up like a Roman nougat!
[He] calls out from the stairs.
She looks up from her work, deep
in the pleasure of it as he can see, something about her
He's out she says.
Some call it love
but those whose souls knit at that moment
as the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David
did not love one another.
How much simpler that would have been.
The Beauty of the Husband
A fictional essay in 29 tangos
XVI. Detail as a reticent event
Random House, 2001©
Louis Malle, director
Ascenseur pour l'échafaud
Roger Nimier & Louis Malle,
Henri Decaë, cinematography
Miles Davis, score & performance
Rialto Pictures, 1958©