Treasure Island

Alejandra Berber

(Septermber 19,1992 / Lynwood, California)

Hooker


Shirt torn from the shoulders,
blood stained on her ghostly cheeks,
mixed with the dirt from the night’s secrets.
There, her body laid exposed on the floor.

To the world, she wore but a façade;
innocent when life would wake,
only until it slept and the dead
would rise.

Once the lights turned off,
Her clothes followed.
Slowly the music would thrust
on her hips making them caress the touch of the air.
After making love to the passion of the dark,
came the undesired sex to the buyer.

There, in the room, dusty air laid on the light
that dove through, the shutters,
the shields on the windows.

The stench of the thick smoke
released from his crusty lip
like a ghost born from its tomb
and invaded the air.
There, his sinister face
gave birth to a vicious smile.

He grabbed her by her once golden
hair and dangled her with a noose.
He stabbed her and penetrated the wound.
Then to enhance a smile on her face
he embraced the knife deep in her mouth
and let her drown in her sorrow.

Now, the lipstick that perfected her lips
is now smeared on, trailed from the once
red gloss on her pale blue lips,
to her calloused cheeks.
She rested in peace with a smile on her face.
The mask was off.

Submitted: Sunday, December 11, 2011
Edited: Monday, April 22, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

I was actually inspired by the whole detective idea from an Xbox video game called LA Noire. I first thought of just describing a setting but the started thinking of how I could create a social problem of a girl with money problems and how she has to live two different life's and ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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