Sundress Publications

Patty Mooney
Patty Mooney

Date of Birth: 7/1/55
Location: San Diego, California
Publications: Cedar Hills Review, Eclectica, Pogonip, Red Cedar Review, Altadena Review, Snakeskin, Moving Out, Sage Woman, Fairfield Review, Barking Spider
Awards: California Press Women, 1st Place Poetry; Red Cedar Review, poetry award; First Annual San Diego Writers’ Cooperative Writing Competition


Lady, the man who introduced us
rides insecurities blindly,
finds more than he believes.
Our collected data would pull
him into tug-of-war mudflats.
He wouldn't like it.

He won't venture into wild women
he closets his fears
he needs more storage.

Up on the seawall you dance
three blocks' distance, flirt
from seagull vantage.
He is not proud of the two of us,
our butterfly tactics,
the way we take to other men.

He does not deserve
a woman with kryptonite eyes
who sees his wounds
and the way he licks them.