Switched-on Gutenberg Vol. 6, No. 2
Wish You Were Here

Donít you remember how I fell off the panga
at La Roca di Isabel, my Travelsmith outfit
sagging down my hips, this old gringa
grasping for her pants and a bit of dignity?
Or the parrots that flew through the kitchen
while I sizzled up tough chicken and tortillas?
Or the daily search for scorpions, and our bed
swinging from rafters under the palapa roof?

I tell you, those were some glory days.
Serene blue toilet edged by blooming ginger,
the shower with one wall of red bougainvillea.
Clanking water pipes. I could live like that.
Especially with resident cats ambling through
and the swoosh of the big bamboo. Will you
ever come away with me for good?

Copyright 2004,  Marilyn Mashburn Lewis

Marilyn Mashburn Lewis is a retired social worker, farmer, and massage therapist. She has performed with the Live Poets' Society and the Village Idioms and received a Washington Poets Association Charlie Proctor Award for humorous poetry.


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