Marilyn Looks Back On Her Dazzledent Days
Everyone should sparkle. I’m just not
as bright as my teeth anymore.
It’s late and I feel like a great big fish
in a jar, but a woman never admits
it took hours to get this way.
I used to meet nice guys, gentle
and perspiring. Now they’re a bunch
of striped suits.
They say diamond, I say tomato.
Go look for my panties in the icebox
and see if I’m there.
Boo boo bee doo. I may get
the fuzzy end of the lollipop
but I still have my ukulele.
I call this song You Look Married.
Is it late where you are?
Which time zone is starboard
and which is port?
I want the sun to rise like a neon yacht
while I drift on Rachmaninoff.
I don’t know if I’ll remember
telling you these things, but whenever
someone says happy
I say I’ll have a glass of that.
Copyright © 2012 by Laura Spagnoli
Spagnoli, Laura. My Dazzledent Days, ixnay press, 2012.
Laura Spagnoli is the author of the chapbook My Dazzledent Days (ixnay press, 2012). Her poems have appeared in various places, including Jupiter 88, ONandOnScreen, and Apiary, and her story “A Cut Above” was published in the collection Philadelphia Noir. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches French at Temple University.