I cannot drink or play chess

hailstormpixie with SoundCloud iOS on July 28, 2013 01:26

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    i cannot drink or play chess
    like my uncle, who wandered
    St. Germain des Pres in the 80s
    in search of those unlucky enough to fall
    into his checkered spider trap.

    he made his living drinking
    & gambling his wits, his skill,
    his charm. he won oysters & caviar,
    duck confit, an apartment
    in montmartre.

    i cannot drink or play chess like my uncle.
    i make my living on luck, on happenstance,
    on fate-- which has a lot to do with my face
    which has a lot to do
    with my mothers face.

    for in me is generations
    of lithe beauty, lithe youth
    as a new flower on the old
    vine, a fruit of roots, expatriates
    from america, from belgrade,
    entwined & hybridized
    with the native french.

    i wish i were a fly trap
    of chess & wine like my uncle.
    to be male & persistent, to take love
    & life instead of merely receiving it...

    perhaps i will start playing chess,
    perhaps i will become a perfect
    flower, both sexes
    on the vine.

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