An Old Mark Anthony in an
Ybor City Bar
I'm dying, Egypt. Cleo,
I haven't been stabbed
Or poisoned. I have three food
tasters. Two died.
One lived. I drank the wine of
the one who was alive.
I'm dying, Egypt. The killer is
not an army, but old age.
Cleo, it is your breasts, small waist,
That makes me want to live. Cleo,
I'm too self-conscious
About being a ruin of time, the skin
has started to drop
On my jawbones, my neck skin sags, I
A new wrinkle that spirals between my
lips and nose,
Yes, too self conscious of my ugliness
To someone as young, as beautiful, as
sensual as you
That I desire to lick your body with
my aged tongue.
Cleo, I get tongue-tied when we meet
Not tongue-tied about politics, for
I can talk and talk
About the government. But I didn't
come here to talk
About politics. But as I verbalize in
a verbose and prolix manner,
I never say what I want to say.
I never say
I want to hold you naked in my old,
skinny, wrinkled arms.
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