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He Was the Drunken Geisha
Who Found the Golden Diamond

by Ashok Rajamani

When Kumar the Drunken Geisha,
clumsily holding his ornate bottle of bourbon,
lifted his head back up and momentarily caught sight
of Akash’s near-perfect ebony eyes,
he became flustered and quickly looked down again,
transforming his outfit
of a liquor-stained white tee
a lipstick-stained Kyoto kimono.

Akash got up to use the loo, and as he walked down
the marble hall, Kumar continued studying him.
That was when he noticed
the gorgeous artwork on this artwork himself:
one tattoo of a huge yellow diamond on Akash’s left arm,
visible through his tee-shirt.

Kumar didn’t know if, at that moment,
it was the drink in him that made his mouth drool
Or if it was the drink in him
that made his throat burn dry.

Copyright © 2010 by Ashok Rajamani

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