When it started,
A lifetime chance it was.
A twenty-two-wheel long haul truck
with eighteen automobiles atop.
Enroute to the capital city.
Matching the elegance of the wealthy owner,
A tall, dark and handsome stranger.
That was when it started.
It started with Gracey’s laughter
At a random stupid text message, she had received.
Stupid indeed, I had laughed too.
Before the devil had picked his tools and in my brain he dumped.
The devil’s two-pronged fork
turned and turned my grey matter
till Gracey’s ‘stupid SMS’ mattered no more.
The stranger’s inbox I hit,
Behind Gracey’s back
and there began a journey of forever after.
Days of delight with the stranger.
Dreamy nights with Mr Handsome
And summer sojourns with Mr Wealthy,
A man who owned half the cars on any given street.
He had told me.
And thus were my nights filled.
Dreaming with the stars
till the day I heard his voice.
For the first time.
See, we had been texting,
‘ I am Mike’
‘ And am Kaeli’
‘Mike-Kaeli, Michael! See, we fit well.’
Emojis and more emojis.
He understood these things.
The art of seduction.
Do you have a ‘cheo?’
Do I have a rank?
Hell yes, I did.
A supervisor I was.
Laundry supervisor, was not that something big?
Lest prince charming thought I was a gold digger.
A question I later came to understand.
His voice when I heard it
was not deep and husky and sexy.
It was small, plain yet calm even when in distress.
For he was in trouble.
This trouble he was in?
so he said.
The not-short-at-all arm of the law,
The twenty-two wheel long haul truck
with eighteen automobiles
en route to the capital,
Impounded it had been.
Could I send him money?
To bribe the police.
You know your country’s police now.
He said for he was from the neighbouring country.
Yes, I know them.
Rotten. Conniving. Corrupt.
I am a supervisor.
A laundry supervisor.
Money have I not.
At night I agonize and organize for funds.
At dusk, I wait for his call.
He gives me a number.
At dawn, I wire the money.
It’s not enough.
More he asks for, more I send.
Till I had no more.
Oh, mon a mi.
Empty days and empty nights.
And a flame in the heart,
Burning at sundown,
Embers at daybreak.
Longing for the dusk for his calls
Now just fading echoes.
And the tears of lost love
Catch Gracey’s eyes.
And Gracey’s laughter comes back.
Like the taste of sweet chilli.
A sweet friend telling the bitter truth.
Mr Tall. Mr Dark. Mr Handsome.
A conman in a police cell corner.
The Dracula’s assistant,
Languishing in jail.
Looking for women with ‘ cheo’.
Sending them Fotos of TDH men.
Wealthy and single.
Not so healthy to mingle.
Posing as damsels in distress.
Stressing many a damsel.
Juggling the sticks of dawn and dusk.
Calling and conning at night,
and sitting and waiting at day time.
The outcome thereof,
The damnation of either.