Lithe and lovely Eritrean girl
high cheek bones, pearly whites
chocamocha, caffe latte
has me staring at her aquiline nose.

“Hey G.I! You buy hashish today?”
Smoke rings and a purple haze
scotch and water, tobacco and hash
I take the pipe, she takes the glass.

Slow dancing, hits and sips
mouths exchanging intoxicants
softening the focus, gettin in the mood
curfew’s passed; I’m staying the night.

It’s a high exploring each other
smoke touching me, lips on her body
‘till fingers uncover
missing pieces.

Scars and cuts, mutilations
bud nipped from a stunted flower
how does man main
God’s perfection?

Will she stare at the ceiling if we love
looking for cobwebs to dust in the morning
going through the motions
sipping on her drink?

It’s not a night for love or caressing scars
Instead a night for a purple dream
to forget what I have seen
She smiles as I pass the pipe and take her glass.




About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to Cut

  1. jfwknifton says:

    We are trying quite hard to put an end to FGM here in England. The problem is that there is apparently no shortage of airlines only too willing to take the poor young women away to a country which approves of it.


    • toritto says:

      John – we have a similar problem here although I think we are ahead of England in this regard probably due to geography. Indeed “vacations” in the old country are common; usually the young girl doesn’t have a clue. We have had a number of cases here where the girl has sought protection and gotten it. Regards.


  2. beetleypete says:

    A powerful piece against genital mutilation Frank. Deserving of a wider audience, in my opinion.
    Here is a personal experience, from my blog.
    Regards from Norfolk. Pete.


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