Gellert Baths, Spring 1990
I have not been here since I met you last,
The guy said, in his perfect English.
We wallowed in the sulphury water.
Back in his place, I learned something new:
If you pour sparkling wine onto an erect cock,
The bubbles stay there for a while, even if
The champagne wets the floor. This means
That when I kneel to suck this Hungarian’s dick,
To my great delight, I discover that my mouth
Is soon alive with bubbles.
COLM TÓIBÍN is the author of nine novels, including The Master and Brooklyn, and two collections of stories. His new novel The Magician will be published in September.