SENTINEL POETRY (ONLINE) #15     FEBRUARY 2004

JOSEF LESSER

FRAGMENTS OF A LETTER WASHED ASHORE

24/12/ ----

my dearest my love are you wearing a watch tell me the time are you wearing a hat are you hot are you cold remember the heat on our --------- moon we swam in waterfalls and drank cold champagne ----------silver the waiter sang and strummed guitar like ---------------------tell me the time are you wearing a watch my time left can be counted on the fingers of your right hand are you cold in my dream a man the colour of history as old as eyes whispered have faith in the ocean--------your final words to the tides you loved the waves when-----------------are you wearing a hat reading my letter tell me the time of day tell me a story remember the tale of the child with no name who could -------develop into a complete person but you my dear ---------------------------------- yes so many ways tell me a story how our souls met first and then introduced us to each other we ----------------------------then waltzed to the tune of the moon are you wearing a -------------my time left can be counted -------------------------------- cold ----was the colour of history as old as eyes my final words will ------------the tides the waves you love the -----------------------------------and he whispered you will find this letter because our souls met first ----mates always always are you wearing a hat maybe the --------------you bought from the market in the valley when we lost our way -------remember the gypsy reading my palm she saw the ocean ----------------looked melancholic ---------------------------------------------------------and only yesterday like fast-forward video all our days ------------------------------ tried to press play but it stuck and flashed and-----------tell me the story one last time how our souls met first then ------------to each other we kissed under the stars ------------------------------moon tell me the time any number my mind hears only tick tock ti-- ----minutes days seconds heartbeats grains of time on ----------------where are you is it hot is it cold are you --------------------my feet are cold my ice feel lips my lips are yours my --------------forever ever ever tell me a story tell me a --------------------------------tides waves as old as eyes ---------------------------are you wearing -----------------------------------------------my soul will know yours when next we meet in ------remember the gypsy glimpsed the ocean a bottle a talisman ----------words locked in glass my --------------------------------------are you wearing a watch we drank cold champagne flutes ----------------tell me a story tell me a story my ice are feet my lips ------------forever my dearest countdown is over are you cold --------------------
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Editorial Note

The Sentinel Valentine
Month Special

Poems

LOLA SHONEYIN
(Guest)
Like A Split Reed At Waterfront
Music-making
Trysexual
You Shall Love Again

JOSEF LESSER
Fragments Of a Letter Washed Ashore

EYITEMI EGWUENU
Chronicles III

NGOZI OBASI AWA
The Bee Hums Again

BARBARA REIHER-MEYERS
Valentine's Day At
The Laundromat

KODI AZUONYE
Entreaty

DURLABH SINGH
Sleep

DIKE OKORO
Cape Town

NGOZI UNIGWE
Beauty Is You

TOLULOPE OGUNLESI
Lorenzo and Maria

NNAMDI NDU
Substance Of My Dream
Whom Shall I Tell?
Remembering Old Times

Interview
NNOROM AZUONYE
My E-Conversation with
LOLA SHONEYIN

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