Treasure Island

Masharia kanyari

(Kenya -East Africa)


The name of the woman is the first to go,
Followed by her profession,
The handshake, the charming smile,
Then inevitably the entire encounter,
She suddenly becomes a stranger,
Never even heard of,
Thats the fate they all share,
As if one by one the women that I meet,
Decide to retire to some remote part of my brain,
Where trivial matters are discarded,

Long ago I kissed the names,
Of women I caroused with goodbye,
And watched my pubescent fantasies,
Pack their bags and leave,
And even now as I memorize the order of the women,
Something slips away; one woman's cup-size perhaps?
Whoever I struggle to remember,
Seems to hover conveniently beyond recall,
Not even stored in some obscure corner of my heart,

They fly away to some distant land,
Whose name begins with an M; as far as I can remember?
You are on your way to oblivion too,
Where you will join those faces I have forgotten,
No more waking up in the middle of the night,
To look up your name on the internet,
For my vagabond mind will have drifted,
Away from a woman that I used to know by heart...

Submitted: Monday, November 26, 2012
Edited: Tuesday, December 25, 2012
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  • Imelda Ortega Suzara (5/30/2013 11:15:00 AM)

    Too many forgettable women and one night stands or your brief experiences with them was not enough to develop into a relationship. (Report) Reply

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