Orientalism (NaPoWriMo – 10th April)

West cannot be without East.
 
You are exotic Roxanne.
That is how they see you – island souvenir
You are his East
his Orient,
his Other.
You are the affirmation of his white skin.
Like his fathers –
Conquistadors, explorers and colonizers
they come to subjugate you
under their charm, their English, their sun-stricken hair
 
You saw him, his body natural to chlorine:
Artificial, chemical
Has poisoned your Eastern tastes
as he shone in like the true color of the sun. A White.
 
The West likes the East because of mystery.
Has he unraveled it underneath the bedsheets?
For it is all he needs. To uncover one mystery after another.
Trophies from a distant country.
 
We were both Easts. You and I
But you have always been a mover
going to the West
as he was discovering the mystery of your Orient.
 
You have been demystified.

*1st Draft
**Quickly wrote this one just now in the office. Can’t help it. I had to let it go.

Advertisements

Tell This Portrait

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s