Friday, December 15, 2000


colonizers of a virgin planet.
constant companions.
of lovely long tresses.
scratch, scratch, scratch.

god! are they
having sex 
digging holes
all the way to China?
scratch, scratch, scratch.

face wash, lipstick, kajal, perfume.
(scratch, scratch, scratch).
medicated oil and shampoo.

tormented writhings. 
fevered imaginings.
little settlements
– no,  whole civilizations –

tiny wriggling body
frantic waving legs
scratch, scratch, scratch.

thumbnails meet.
loud click.
one black dot
is now deceased.
scratch, scratch, scratch.

first appeared in Femina magazine 15 Dec 2000

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