MY HIDDEN UGLINESS
I carry two bags of vegetables
coming out of Oakleigh supermarket
and crash into a guy with brown skin.
I wasn’t careful.
I apologize to him,
and he invites me for a drink.
My first reaction
is after the drink
if he wants to sleep with me what shall I do?
He does have deep eyes and a tall nose,
and smells of vetiver,
my favorite scent.
If he had white or yellow skin,
I wouldn’t refuse him outright
in this way.
I thought I had already moved beyond
Yes, that was before I had concrete thoughts
of going to bed
with one of them.
Tr. MW, April 2017