Arthur Koestler (author) in London
His bright gaze leers into my young face
curiosity crinkling his wrinkly eyes
I was beautiful but unaware of it
I thought he was handsome but old
You're shy, he says directly with a smile.
Earls Court, magical in a dreary way
To a colonial seeking something else
Never much to eat, my student friends hungry
But Arthur had food to share around
Vodka, bread, salami, oh how delicious
Do you know my definition of shyness?
I shook my head not knowing what to say
It's the inability to think of anything but yourself
Shock treatment for this innocent abroad
Remembrance of Koestler, long deceased.
Isha Wagner is a New Zealand poet. She has resided in many countries including Iceland, Libya, India, and Australia. She read some of her work at the VIII International Poetry Festival held in Granada, Nicaragua, in February 2012. She has had three collections of poetry published.