Exotic Foreign Man (A Writerly Escapade)

from by Barry Childs-Helton

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Did you find you an exotic
foreign man?
Well, if you want to,
we both know you can.
Please just let me know
before you call.
That's all I'll ask you
this time, love, that's all.

The last I heard,
you'd met a short-haired
Cypriot in exile
who turned you on to ouzo
and a couple other things.
Or was that your Swiss physicist
(the guy who loved hang-gliding)
who called you down to Baja
so that you could try your wings?


Geared up for hunting UFOs
and V-2 desert wreckage,
I hitched a ride to Roswell
when my car gave up the ghost.
Got back to find
a perfumed postcard
propped on my typewriter
to tease me
with that Concorde flight
you charmed out of your host.


I woke up early,
heard you touched down
in the USA again.
I walked out after rain today—
the sky was deep and fine.
I thought you'd be in London
cadging airfare with a photoshoot,
or maybe smuggling diamonds
from some lost Rhodesian mine. Or...


So Mexico was primal, was it?
Yeah, I read it somewhere.
An article you did, or maybe
it was just a card.
I don't remember which now,
but it sure left an impression
like how the sun fled south from here
just as the ice got hard.



from The Summers Behind You, released October 23, 2015



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Barry Childs-Helton Indianapolis, Indiana

Barry is known to science fiction fandom as a singer-songwriter-guitarist with wife Sally Childs-Helton, the Black Book Band, and Wild Mercy. (Photo by Beckett Gladney; banner photo by Shawn Olson.)

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