Seduced in Amsterdam

we made
it
to that great
city which every American
has fond feelings
towards

the land of weed
and whores

red lights
and waffles

Heineken and
Van Gogh paintings

Ch. 1

we were in
Amsterdam
ready to explore
the art the city
the parks

on foot
and by bike
even tram car

we weren’t
stoners barely
smoked

that wasn’t
why we were there

we were
there because
we were two kids
on a study abroad
in Paris
with a week
off
to do whatever
we

wanted

Ch. 2

sure other destinations
came to mind
but for whatever
reason

there we were
to find
what that city
had

lying

in store

Ch. 3

yes no more
of the lectures
and schooling of Parisian
artistic beauty

we would
see for ourselves
what was truly
beautiful

in this hybrid city
of natural serenity

and foreign-brought
in
commotion

and plunder

Ch. 4

and so we
stayed in that little
hotel

and spent our days
walking around
taking
it all in

going to the museums
and having the
occasional
joint

drinking the occasional
beer

meandering
with
curiosity

Lauren and
I

she never
looked so pretty

Ch. 5

and there
was no
place

I would have
rather

be

Ch. 6

and it was funny
to me seeing
Lauren breathing
in deeply

the drags
of the green

since it was legal
the rationale

let’s indulge
a while

and let the colors
swirl in our own brain’s
chemistry

in the cafes
in
these dayze

left

to ourselves

Ch. 7

our friends
were there too
though staying in a different
room

Josh getting
shrooms
and trying them
in the Van Gogh museum

realizing tripping
while in the midst
of great pieces of art
and silence

isn’t the most intelligent
thing

not the best
architected
retreating

I don’t
think we were
ready

to follow that beginning

Ch. 8

we snuck away
we did our own thing
great travelers

great to be in love
at least one of us
maybe 2

hindsight can be
so roseatte

or so blue

Ch. 9

and I was amazed
to find myself
lighted up
after only 3 cups
of brew

at the Heineken
tour

thirsty for more

and that
night

that final
night

going for
one more rolled
up purchase

at the convenient
street cornered

store

Ch. 10

and there
high as kites

Lauren and I walked
back to our hotel

and I could
tell she was feeling
the effects

feeling all too well
but this was a new
experience for her

and so she didn’t
quite know what
she was thinking
of

the feelings coming quite
natural

but I could
tell

I’d done it before

Ch. 11

and she says
to me

“So, what do you think?”
with a sheepish-grin
smiling on her
beautiful face

her hands in her pockets
legs

swaying
eyes radiant

“Should we walk around
more or perhaps go
back to the hotel?”

she continues

and I say

“I don’t know.
Whatever you’d like”

and she takes about
a half a second
to process

and takes my hand
and we’re
off
up the staircase

seduced
by
my
high

girlfriend