Saturday, April 2, 2011

When the Stars Hung Bright and Low

Calamity Jane
[Martha Canary]
Library of Congress Collection

When the Stars Hung Bright and Low

Ice cream drool down
the front of a cowgirl shirt.
A date with a chess geek.
Her pink bedroom
is gussied-up to replicate
the one she had
two decades ago:
fuzzy pink slippers,
button-eyed teddy bears,
make-up cases that play
the screams of rabbits,
hogs, and horses hauled
for slaughter to Mexico...
to remind her to avoid
thinking of herself
as Godiva on a silver mare.

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