Slice of Art

A goateed sage 
chews salvia against toothache 
salivates as the new kitchen maid frosts a cake

Hoary with age 
his is a classic clairvoyance 
unlistened to or heard with undisguised annoyance

Fingering a page 
of his adherents’ defection 
he chafes at the loss of an old-fashioned erection

Listless the page 
devotes himself to denials 
of such folly as would find in her motions wiles