Lust at the Cafe Formosa
Once, at the Cafe Formosa in L.A.,
I saw the most beautiful girl. And the
best part was, you could see she didn’t know it. Yet.
Didn’t know how anxiously her nipples strained
against her shirt, or that her endless legs
and sloe-eyed gaze were worth a million
bucks… to someone.
She was a sway-in-the-wind willow, her skin the
pale of vanilla ice cream, her hair all shiny black
straight like an Asian girl’s, thick as a mop.
She was maybe seventeen, on the brink, so ripe sex
exuded from her pores. She leaned against the juke box
fingering those quarters in her shorts’ pocket so
they jingled like Christmas, the fabric between
her thighs stretched to bursting.
When her food arrived, the girl unwrapped the
chopsticks, lifted Kung Pow chicken to her mouth,
inhaled the spicy morsels. A long, sauce-slicked
noodle played with her lips and I longed to lick it off.
I’d been alone four years by then, so
used to it even the longing had long departed.
Then she showed up, all fresh-spangled, clueless.
If I didn’t walk out then I never would. Elvis was
crooning Don’t Be Cruel, but I knew she would be.
Girls like her can’t help it.
©Alexis Rhone Fancher is a downtown L.A.-based poet/photographer whose work can or soon will be found in Rattle, Fjords Review, The MacGuffin, Deep Water Literary Journal, Slipstream, BoySlut, Carnival Lit Magazine, Luciferous, High Coupe, H_NGM_N, Gutter Eloquence, Good Men Project, Bare Hands, Poetry Super Highway, The Juice Bar, Poeticdiversity, Little Raven, Cliterature, Bukowski On Wry, numerous anthologies, and elsewhere. Her photographs, published world-wide, include a spread in HEArt Online, and the covers of Witness, and The Mas Tequila Review. A member of Jack Grapes’ L.A.Poets and Writers Collective, in 2013 Alexis was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and a Best of The Small Presses award. Her book of erotic poetry, How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen and Other Heart Stab Poems, will be published in the summer of 2014 by Sybaritic Press. She is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. Please visit www.alexisrhonefancher.com for more about Alexis.
"Lust at the Cafe Formosa" was originally published in poeticdiversity.