10 March 2006



              Ex-Convict at a Public
              Swimming Pool

              In the men’s
              showers,
              the deep dark
              brown of
              his wet back and
              shoulders
              contrasts with
              the startling
              white of
              his bare
              buttocks,
              where four lines
              of dead hard
              flesh
              as thick as
              fingers
              raise themselves
              like ridges
              straddling the terrain
              of skin
              once torn.

              In the cold
              spray,
              he is singing
              loudly
              as he vigorously
              scrubs himself
              clean,
              defying the
              many furtive
              sidelong glances
              and a few
              open stares,
              his scars
              exposed like
              the past
              he will not
              hide,
              knowing it
              can never
              quite
              be forgiven
              or washed
              ......... away.

posted by Gilbert at Friday, March 10, 2006

4 Comments:

Blogger MB said...

Nice indent at the end!

I like this one. The one place I stumble, in reading it, is over "torn skin" -- because these are scars, right? So the skin is not actually torn any longer? Perhaps "once-torn" or "where skin was torn" or something. It needs to be a short word or phrase, though, doesn't it.

March 04, 2006  
Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

Thanks, MB. Maybe:

"like ridges
straddling the terrain
of skin
now healed."

or

"like ridges
straddling the terrain
of skin
once torn."

Let me think about this ...

March 04, 2006  
Blogger sigmund fraud said...

I liked this.

March 05, 2006  
Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

Reposted on 10 March.

March 11, 2006  

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