“We have been playing this game for so long now”

We have been playing this game for so long now,
you & I, that
it must be backgammon.
The midday heat of a new century is upon us
in this muddy confluence
and in some last moments of desperation
you tell me the most riveting stories
of your past adversaries
You unroll your bedsheets to show them
there,
flea-sized stains the colour of puce.

Puce, you say again,
this time in French.

— Liyana Dizzy, 26

for Zubin, 22 June, Cooler Lumpur Festival 2013

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