Poetry 2013 / Volume 44

For Marcia — Ariana Uding

She won’t say be practical: world doesn’t need more
biologists or businessmen. Lexicon
never far from the ‘80s, like totally
grody, gag me with a spoon
dude, you’re not gonna meet a man in a bar,
by the time you’re 40 the internet’s not so bad just
play the field, keep options open (like
her legs are) stay on birth control. And her
nightmares shouldn’t be your nightmares
no cornfield coincidence  or unlocked bedroom door
she doesn’t sleep with cyanide anymore
look for the nod of her head/lifejacket . Takes three
weeks for Words with Friends, she still
schools you in vocabulary.

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