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Ten Minutes On The Train: An Exercise In Words

Posted Oct 29 2009 11:00pm

I sit amongst tended gardens
long black silk dress draped just so
as I look over my shoulder
at the climbing clematis
the candied roses
all in bloom for me
my house stands strong
creeping ivy
covering the stones
the moat has been removed so
that no one can ever
enter my rooms
are full and empty
at my discretion
in one lives an aunt Jemima /Pillsbury doughboy
cookie jar collection
married together
their mouths are sealed shut
they keep my secrets
I eat all of their cookies
I am a lazy, lousy lay now
relying on my toy box
I can close my eyes in surprise
imagine a man with no needs or wants
we kiss like those couples
I’ve seen on the moving pictures
eating from takeout containers
with chopsticks made from
elephant tusks in my hair
my lipstick never fades nor smears
my paintings are all of telephones
medicine cabinets
and mailboxes
I am not contagious
nor quarantined against
my will be done
I miss no one

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