“Personal Ad” – New Blog Post by Terry Gibson

Multi-faceted, passionately aloof woman, lover of foreign accents (or bad copies of same), known to do stand-up comedy in front of dozens, and then be dubbed the ‘quiet one,’ seeks a fellow human being to adore or enjoy the following:

Silence for days on end. Then, without warning, I will burst out singing. Who knows what and who knows when?

Still laments a long-gone and sordid affair with–yes, I’ll say it–the common daily mail. My pupils still dilate and hands shake at the thought of each single piece. Envelopes were big and bright—canary yellow, green like lime, crimson red or a subtle mauve; others were small, plain, and too easily labelled junk. With my index finger, I fondled the uneven textures and traced the edges of overseas stamps, much like a bride would her new diamond. I also sniffed out the hidden clues–musk oil, sandalwood, french fries, Brut, cigarette and cigar smoke–and all on paper I could clutch!

Please note: If found missing, especially between six and noon, I might be rocking, shell-shocked, and conflicted in front of a vacant box. Fiercely loving trees, but mourning that I cannot shred every byte of paperless mail.

Slaps yellow, pink and blue post-its all over the house. Each will bear odd or dramatic quips. Pneumonics, boasts, endearing toasts, and yes even, bad poetic notes. One laundry day, my blue jean pockets hid three bits of cryptic scratch: (a) #ThatAwkwardNight in the Amazon rainforest, us soaked and entangled in mosquito net, and it was only Monsoon Eve, when not a leaf was wet. (b) To lust … or not … to fuss? and (c) Forget about tweets; let’s do some proper greets.

I am known for unusual skills.  While working each day, I keep books at my feet and can pile five or six heavy, oversized ones, all atop a tiny stapler. This sent exes shrieking and running straight to the store for hair dye. How can it possibly be?

My workout routine is simple: shadow box for ten minutes, swing twenty-pound dumb bells every direction for six, and jog on the spot for five. I do all of this within a foot of my books and not a page will flutter. The second my partner casts a glance to that workspace quadrant, my entire tower erupts with a crash.

Don’t take offence, but all future love interests must abide by this one. Never, and I mean never, in public or at home, wear neon green spandex tights. I don’t care how taut your body or why it is you like ‘em. If you violate this, I’ll snub you like a skunk.

Fortunately, however, you have a choice. You can heal from this.  “… In this bright future, you can forget about your past ….”

See? Wow. Sometimes, I make a valid point and nail a whole line of Bob Marley all in one go. Good times.

Here’s more. Don’t miss it. I evolve too. A spandex-snub or post-song relapse, won’t last forever. In fact, as soon as I share my other hobby, you might drop to your knees and pray I go mute.

Three nights a week, I attend a court-ordered, twelve-step program for ‘Exhibitionist Readers.’ On that damned podium, I pay for my pheromone-soaked prose. I lie to an audience, with fine hairs bristling on my neck, proclaiming a new aversion to the fun the world deflects. Psst … write me a teacher’s note. Keep me home a meeting night; my prose I swear will thee delight.

“Climbed a mountain and I turned around.”

Yep. Like Stevie Nicks, we’ll be doing lots of that. We’ll wring Travel out for all its worth. Pinch Change rosy between clenched fingertips. Top it all off with a slap on its cute little hiney.

I mean it. Be ready. For we will ride elephants, camels, buses, bikes, trikes, trams, red sampans, and of course, each other.

“Let’s give ’em something to talk about. A little mystery to figure out …”

We lock ourselves inside a room on a train bound for Zürich. Dazed in the dark from friction’s heat, and dewing up the window.  “Excusez-moi. Excusez-moi,” a Conductor raps in staccato bursts. The noise stopped. Okay, it wasn’t real. “VITE. VITE, s’il vous plait!” he yells and pounds anew.

EXCUSE you? HURRY?  We consult each other through hungry eyes. ONE MORE HOUR, we think aloud, in hopes that he would hear.

Feed me kiwi slices, crackers crumbling with no-fat feta, cubed pineapple, tea, cognac, coffee, wine, raspberries and organic dates, which melt when popped into my mouth.

Whisper me sexy in husky voice. Recite me salacious tales in ragged breath. Let words rush and drop like fat grapes off your tongue. Say the mere thought of me besmirches your lovely self, and that you would not have it any other way.

Not for you, or your “Little Tiger.” Did I mention a lover once called me that? If you ever hear gossip toward that end, do not give it a thought. I swear now, as I did then, I stopped taking those shots—or at least will tell you so each time we’re locked inside a room.

If you are prone to an easy flush, an ‘us’ there will never be. I’m of Celtic descent, you see, and forever rosy-cheeked. I never needed facial blush, which seems quite clear to most. Add to my cheeks a nip of wine, rogue kiss, laugh, or hint of beer; I am a beacon in the night and want to run in fear.

Like me, or even slightly close, we’ll be a lasting mess. Imagine us at a party, do: where its hosts have carpets, white. They’ll predict our strokes right to the hour, and rush us out into the night. For veins they fear will just go pop, and gushing everywhere, will land us in a lonely place, which is neither here nor there.

While I wait for us to meet, I’ll add–hopefully–soothing sounds to the airwaves. “I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round. I really love to hear them roll.”



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