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FIRST LOVES, by            
First Line: Lure of the orient
Last Line: In the orient?
Subject(s): Asia; Far East; East Asia; Orient

Lure of the Orient,
Tang of the sea,
Billowing jib sails
Took him from me.

Kimonos from Hongkong,
Beads from Malay ...
But ever he wandered
Farther away.

Slowly but surely
Years moved along,
Taking for toll
A maiden's song.

And now while his parrot
Profanely screams,
A lonely old sailor
Mends broken dreams ...

While another man splits
My kindling wood,
And calls me his sweetheart --
As a husband should.

But who shall be saying
I am content,
With the heart of me still
In the Orient?

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