Today's poem is by Martha W. Ostheimer
What's Shorting Out the Good Show
There's a lot of talk about
what's shorting out the good show
as girls blown over like dominoes
start packing at twelve. Their
lips in runny rips of red
announcing the fun of matching
up your menses. There's a lot of
concern too and talk about the boys
imploding. Like some over weighted
wave disappears them like starfish
and the short hairs show up.
And talk about the mothers
and daddies' little numbers
fitting into school so well.
And mucosal tissue and guns
like one going off means that
the other will? And rigid
diagnostics so that ADD gets to be
a perfect little problem we can solve now.
The waves are over night missing.
There are humps of foam sitting
on the sand where the boys were.
And the girls liplocked
forever on the playground are
practicing their feelings.
Feeling deep long kisses. Feeling
almost what it felt like beginning
just before the good show ended.
Copyright © 2004 Martha W. Ostheimer All rights reserved
from The Journal
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