Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Glossy

Make your body pleasing to the eye
Camouflage those flabby arms you hate
Never let the others see you cry

How to land that very special guy
Ladies, don’t be slutty on a date!
Make your body pleasing to the eye

Learn a bedroom trick to make him sigh
Have a kid before you’re twenty-eight
Never let the others see you cry

Bake your man the perfect apple pie
Drop those extra pounds of baby weight
Make your body pleasing to the eye

Carve a space through pubic bone and thigh
Leave three bites of food on every plate
Never let the others see you cry

Try and try and try and try and try
Learn to love the modern woman’s fate
Make your body pleasing to the eye
Never let the others see you cry

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Uprise

Awash in the afternoon’s holy fire
Mother slices cilantro into ever smaller shreds
The stuff of life leaking out onto gold-paneled countertops
Imprints on the cheap laminate, spelling out a sermon
Vegetable manifesto:
We drank in the sun, and the earth
We sourced the water and created our own food
We are a miracle of life and a force to be reckoned with
We are here, we matter, and we will be heard.
The revolution is ushered into a plastic bag
Invited to wait, importantly, on the refrigerator’s top shelf
Where all of the big decisions are made.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Together

We are the countryside
Soft rolling hills slice/twist and dip
From necks to hips
Fed by the moist earth
The flavor of it is in us or of us
We twine our roots underground