Memphis and Lea

Memphis and Lea (1)

Memphis and Lea (1)

Memphis and Lea went to suburbia

but to their own dismay

they didn’t find a place to stay

so for the rest of that unfortunate year

they had to live on roasted chestnuts

on Fifth and Broadway.

Memphis and Lea (2)

Memphis and Lea (2)

Memphis and Lea wouldn’t agree

on this dreary Autumn day

on the color of paper clips

while the counter girl plucked

bored as usual

on her fake finger nails.

Memphis and Lea (3)

Memphis and Lea (3)

Memphis and Lea forgot their birthday

so when their parents jumped

out of the closet

they weren’t surprised

or overthrown

but simply annoyed

because their clothes had to be rearranged.

Memphis and Lea (4)

Memphis and Lea (4)

Memphis and Lea waited for the bus

and waited

and waited

and waited

and waited

– just then they started walking.

Memphis and Lea (5)

Memphis and Lea (5)

Memphis and Lea decided to stay at home

when the reporter stated

that things would get worse

from now on

so when they realised that

this concerned every second

that followed

they put an extra lock on the front door.

Memphis and Lea (6)

Memphis and Lea (6)

Memphis and lea remembered

a sunny day

under the apple trees

in the western corner of Central Park

it did not change the greyness

of the sky they looked upon.

.

.

By Jordi Wijnalda. ‘Memphis’ and ‘Lea’ are entirely fictional. Their lives perhaps not.

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