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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