Monday, September 1, 2008

Kindle or Something Like It by Dennis Mahagin

The girl who went
down on me while I tried to shave
standing over a sink at the Lonsdale
Hotel on Salmon Street
in Portland

Single Suites
By the Night Week or Monthly!

I remember
her round brown eyes,
and slow roll of shoulder
blade; her brow, wet
from the bath, all
that steam in there

and the heavenly dollops
of Barbasol lather falling
on her ponytail braid

like dogwood blossoms
on a mare's mane,

but I can't seem to pull
her name, I've been trying
to pull that sweet name
but it won't come

to me, I'm working the whole length
and breadth of memory, whittling it

down, slowly but
surely to either Shyla,
C.C. or Cherie.

It's bound to come
to me any second
now you can bet it's
fairly burning right
there on the very tip

of my tongue.

Dennis Mahagin is a writer from the state of Washington.
His PDF chapbook, entitled Bandini's Disco Usufruct, is
available for free download at Origami Condom.

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