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Unanswered (slightly sexual)

by Allan Haslinds

Does she know,
as the first push of April's warmth and light
trickles through a scratched bus window,
to wash over the bared shoulders
of the dapple in the cool vinyl seat ahead,
I think...

Does she know,
in her first blossom of independent youth,
too young to drink,
too old to be confined
to a classroom on this Tuesday morning,
I wonder...

Does she know,
with her quick coiffure of plastic barrettes
and a stretch floral headband,
both failing one single
chestnut strand at a time, glowing in the light,
I ask myself...

Does she know,
in her new cotton tank top, baby blanket soft
bought from a table 2 for 18,
stretching under teardrop dumpling breasts,
opening a thin girlish arm to show
an iris petal flash of skin and no bra,
I puzzle...

Does she know,
as the heady scents of honeysuckle
and an unidentified hair care product,
glide with sugary grace across 24 inches to my nose,
candy pink gloss caressing unaware lips,
I ponder...

Does this baby woman,
who will find herself unsure and preening hopefully
on pre-party Friday evenings,
with plans of coyness and pre-laid limits,
riding the bus to some appointment,
know that she is beautiful?

04/25/2003

Author's Note: This piece is written in response to a very sensual feeling, inspired accidently, I'm sure.

Posted on 04/25/2003
Copyright © 2021 Allan Haslinds

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Agnes Eva on 04/25/03 at 05:36 AM

a tribute to a Lolita - the ever powerful allure of nymphets, as Nabokov might say... your poem is sweet and fresh

Posted by Emily G Myers on 04/25/03 at 03:29 PM

this is an amazing poem. wow... it just drew me in. beautiful work... :)

Posted by Kate Demeree on 04/25/03 at 10:14 PM

There is such eroticisem in that innocence... and depth to the pondering.... accidental, I'm sure. *grin* Beautiful poem..... my friend

Posted by Kate Demeree on 04/25/03 at 10:14 PM

There is such eroticisem in that innocence... and depth to the pondering.... accidental, I'm sure. *grin* Beautiful poem..... my friend

Posted by Alex Smyth on 05/13/03 at 05:18 AM

These are all the things that a young girl hopes will be noticed and appreciated. You have singlehandedly given cause for beleif that somewhere, at sometime, maybe someone did.

Posted by Melina Raven Maness Diebold on 05/22/03 at 04:37 AM

Nymphalicious! Very profound! I like!

Posted by Jeanne Marie Hoffman on 07/10/03 at 10:15 PM

Ooo... very sensual and vivid

Posted by Rommel Cruz on 07/24/03 at 03:12 AM

*calls for the police*

Posted by Quinlan L Gibson on 10/06/03 at 11:46 PM

well hopefully she'll meet her soul mate and be loved and told him/her...because unfortunatley i think most women don't know just how beautiful we all are.

Posted by Kara Hayostek on 03/19/04 at 08:16 PM

Very sensual piece, I like the use of delicate language you used to describe the girl.

Posted by Amy Wustrin on 05/22/04 at 12:33 AM

I find more and more reasons to love this piece every day, Allan. Thank you.

Posted by Karl Waldbauer on 06/02/04 at 04:04 AM

You've done an excellent job of capturing the innocent budding sensuality of a young woman in this poem. I hope you're young enough to appreciate such things without being thought a dirty old man!

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