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Dark-skinned Girls
by Patricia Gomes
Friday, May 07, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Because Jerry Bolton seemed worried about me today,


Because my friends tell me I write best in Chinese restarants & coffee shops.

~ Dark-skinned Girls (an abstract) ~

In this coffee shop
the staff speaks
no English

just the way I like
to be

Frees me
to wander
the halls
of my head
as I tap
my fingernails
to their giggly vocals

Grey shirted
these dark-skinned girls
whose patois is a
rapid beat
  (so fast I canít tell which island)
rapid beat
of a hummingbird's wings
Laughter takes flight
to mix with clipped words
and all of it
my head

save the music

Grey shirted
these dark-skinned girls
with their Christmas light
and Birthday Party grins
Braids peek
from under paper hats
One has a dimple
another, a sliver-moon
scar on her chin

But it is the tiniest one
la petite fille
who fills my cup
to the brim

Stick-thin, stirrer-thin
this child
whose smile
is ten thousand smiles
and drum beats
and white sands
and sea shells
if I saw
under that shirt

that grey striped shirt
would I
be able to count
her ribs

I would
I know it
and this
pains me

I hand her my two dollars
with a prayer
that here
she will finally
drink her fill

Fill up, plump up

like the cousins
and sisters
that came first.

She slides my cup
across the counter
breaking the spell

Oceans abate
the sun sets
sidewalks resurface

and the traffic cop's whistle
calls me home.

© 2004


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Reviewed by Cles Wilson 8/16/2005
Go on with your Bad Self. I LOVE THIS!!!!
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 6/11/2005
I felt like I was in the cafe ... smiling at the petite dark-skinned waitress. Excellent poem, Patricia.

God bless,

Reviewed by Franz Kessler 8/23/2004
Some extrordinary sparkles of imagery penned here. I could feel the ambience. Outstanding poetry. Franz
Reviewed by Cynth'ya 5/29/2004
highly descriptive, left me with "wish-I-was-there" feelings.
A poem that takes me "there."

cynth'ya lewis reed
Reviewed by ***** ********* (Reader) 5/12/2004
Pat, this is absolutely OUTSTANDING! The P.O.V., the scene setting, the desciptions, your observations, the poetic "voice" -- ALL EXTRAORDINARY! Well worthy of major publication!

Submit this, Perfumed Irritable Badger <don't hit!>, submit it!
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 5/10/2004
This was outstanding, just an excellent poem!

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 5/10/2004
This is a work of art!
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/9/2004
What can I say except I like the way you paint a picture with words.
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 5/9/2004
VEry good write!!!!!
Reviewed by jude forese 5/8/2004
a wonderfully worded moment ... outstanding insight and prespective ...
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/8/2004
Superbly capturing the moment. Mesmerizing. Love it. Thank you for this offering, Patricia. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 5/8/2004
Excellent, this is very effective in reaching into that place in my mind that take me the reader to that very same place that you so meaningfully write of...wonderful piece.
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 5/8/2004
EXCELLENT write, Patricia!
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 5/7/2004
I love your style Pat~
Reviewed by na na (Reader) 5/7/2004
Your poetry dear Pat is an 'open mind' that no one understands until they learn to listen with their heart. This poem is striking and incendiary, and burns me inside with the flame of your ideas and feelings. Hugs always Bill
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 5/7/2004
Now I remember why I always look forward to reading your new stuff. It is just beyond my ability to express how good it is.
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 5/7/2004
Wow, your friends are right. Descriptive and emotive - I felt this. What a wonderful piece, Patricia. Thank you.
Reviewed by E. Richardson 5/7/2004
outstanding! Patricia, this is outstanding! You painted a picture here with deft strokes of a fine brush...I am in awe.
Reviewed by Londis Carpenter 5/7/2004
kind of like getting an inexpensive vacation to the isles. Love them sunburned beauties.
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 5/7/2004
WOW .... Pat I felt I was right there with you...
starbucks I hope...this was powerful..the description
of the girls was so vivid...truly fantastic writing
from bring it right to the reader...floria
Reviewed by A PAX 5/7/2004
thank you for showing us your day......thru your eyes........
an open spirit is the most wise.......

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/7/2004
Excellent Patricia!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/7/2004

i love love LOVE this one--o, what imagery and simple prose just drives. this. home. precisely! *STANDING OVATION*

i'm very partial to chinese, myself...mebbe i'll have to hang out there more???? if they give you this much inspiration--wow!!

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :) BRAVA!!!!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/7/2004
terrific write, patricia! well done! (in a way, i can relate; i work with non-english speaking people myself, and it is maddening!)

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :)
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/7/2004
Don't ever stop frequenting those restaurants and coffee shops, Patricia; this is a marvelous write.

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