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In the Bath-house

In the bath-house, the mysteries hidden by trousers
     Are revealed to you.
All becomes radiantly manifest.
     Feast your eyes without restraint!
You see handsome buttocks, shapely trim torsos,
     You hear the guys whispering pious formulas
               to one another
          ("God is Great!" "Praise be to God!")
Ah, what a palace of pleasure is the bath-house!
     Even when the towel-bearers come in
          And spoil the fun a bit.

Translated out of the Arabic by Geoff Puterbaugh
Copyright Geoff Puterbaugh, 2004
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