Selkirk Island Cantabile

It’s where they bear the wherewithal of stars; where
the meta-talk—the cantabile—the cannibals use is used to turn their food
in to franks and beans; where the indirect object (‘for you’)is you; where one left
footprint left on a lonely beach (it was not lonely; he was), a track
to trace the trail back home;
where that man wears only his unmentionables—
still unkempt, still wet from sea water and sweat;
where Exquisite in Betweens is both a brand name and his raison d’être.

Don’t call them unmentionables, pal.
It’s underwear beyond compare, sir, silk breaches
that breathe ambrosia stain; it’s  silken songs,
sung castrato. A cod piece for your fish, mate,
some place to store the oar…
In truth, it’s been perfected for and by the inmates here.
(I call them my mates, my intimates).
I’ll sell them for a song.

Published by extrasimile

define: extra: excess, more than is needed, required or desired; something additional of the same kind. define: simile: a simile is a type of figurative language, language that does not mean exactly what it says, that makes a comparison between two otherwise unalike objects or ideas by connecting them with the words “like” or “as.” The reader can see a similar connection with the verbs resemble, compare and liken. Similes allow an author to emphasize a certain characteristic of an object by comparing that object to an unrelated object that is an example of that characteristic. define: extra: an minor actor in a crowd scene

2 thoughts on “Selkirk Island Cantabile

  1. Thanks. It’s always nice to hear from someone out the the blue. Glad you enjoyed it, but…this poem relaxes you? I’d be curious to hear more on this subject.

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