{Afterthought}

Every so often – ever so rarely – that feeling of a cold clean blade sliding under my skin and lifting the tissue off my bones: I can’t help but stare, not stare, but gaze upon in wonder; I pretend to play Jass on my phone, I do play Jass on my phone but my concentration is shot I don’t remember what’s gone, I can see what is trump but I no longer care what it means: the boy sitting opposite on the tube, he’s not a boy, he’s a man; in his salmon coloured trousers with his caramel shoes over deep navy socks; his deep sea green jumper (or is that navy too?) his light glacier lake coloured shorts, a soft plain material; not briefs and not boxers; his finesculpted lips, his long dark chestnut hair and the ever-a-tad-absent expression. His tallness. The strength of his thighs by comparison. He alights at Victoria. I pull myself together. I have to pull myself together. I’ve written a book about him. About him and about all the others: there are only two or three or three or four, they are so so rare and so precious and so, so incomprehensibly beautiful. Let not it be said that I did not draw from that beauty the vernating breath of a melancholy yen.

Oh to be nineteen and a poet again. Was I ever nineteen? I was once a poet; albeit briefly. Perhaps I can be so again…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s