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A Girl, a Palatial English Face

by Hugo Simões


A Girl,

a palatial English face:

black, roughly scissored,

uneven hair; light eyes

she shields from the sun.

Her elbows rest on a

street cabinet, her lower

body leaning from her

inexistent breasts. The

impossible brightness

of her thin, red jumper.

Her large, golden earrings

are unbearably torrid,

and I pick up my stride;

my face blown apart by

the rattling of the years.