The geography of her body discovered, it didn’t matter that they’d seen a thousand breasts and that her body was largely unremarkable, that they hadn’t been tantalized by it before the photos materialized in their hands, all that mattered was that it had been unveiled to them.

Columbus wore a similar smile, his face split in triumph, when he first caught sight of a dark line, just a hint of land on the horizon, really no different from a hint of upper thigh, a scar that seemed to paint a neon arrow to the unknown, but certainly destined to be known and defined by
strangers until they were no longer strangers in a strange land

She shrouded her body in mischief and ample cloth so that she wouldn’t be discovered too.

Artwork by Paul Gaugin “By the Sea”

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