Scarves

by Rethabile on Monday, 15 June 2009 Comments
Nothing but these
scarves will cover
a shilling’s worth
of flesh, the rest being
lies packaged in a grief.

Nothing satisfies, not
the halves of ardour
on silver tray, just these
scarves hung on necks
of girls on violent days.

Djellabas on street
terraces suck narghiles,
drag meaning from
the bottom. Still, nothing
will ever prepare you
for this.

No one will tell you
when your time is up,
when pale-pink gods
come for the kill, when
not even a good scarf
will shield you any more.

(painting by Li Jinyuan)
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