When I was young and had no sense

“When I was young and had no sense
In far-off Mandalay
I lost my heart to a Burmese girl
As lovely as the day.
Her skin was gold, her hair was jet,
Her teeth were ivory;
I said, “For twenty silver pieces,
Maiden, sleep with me.”
She looked at me, so pure, so sad,
The loveliest thing alive,
And in her lisping, virgin voice,
Stood out for twenty-five.”

– George Orwell, 1925

Found it in The River of Lost Footsteps. I was up all last night finishing up the book, and it was totally worth it.

2 thoughts on “When I was young and had no sense

  1. I lost my heart to a Burmese girl as well. But she wasn’t a prostitute… More like a feminist, eco-friendly cooking genius. Love you!

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