Saturday, December 11, 2010

Poem: "After Adrienne Rich's "Snapshots of a Daughter-in-law""

After Adrienne Rich's "Snapshots of a Daughter-in-law"

1. "You, once a belle in Shreveport"

The tallest of your secondary one class,
you posed against the older boys, front
double biceps, back lat spread, side chest,
taut postures you studied in magazines
while stroking your little flared cock.

You were only half surprised when you won.
Though the other boys had more to show,
you threw your hardest punch into the hand
you raised. You crushed your abdominals
as if jumping on a soda can you tossed.

You were still flushed the next morning
when an older boy, the one with big lips,
grabbed and congratulated you, Muscleman! 
Your arm jerked back before you could smile,
quicker, stronger, than you could catch.

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