Stirring : A Literary Collection
Sundress Publications

Holley Dottley


(You thought I didn't know)

You wanted something
of beauty   long
tall around your table
arching back
penciled brows
something pretty high
up on your downsizing
something lovely
laughing straight line
teeth and red
something on the sofa
cross-legged sitting
pretty   still life
something nestled between
your pillows
dazzled and charmed
shooting stars and
those granulated whispers
of hope and loss.
You wanted something
priceless, penniless
something full and wise
to show how
much of this world
you own   me
in my second division
thighs spread   clean
slated, penciled in
thin line
with three degrees
and separation
something smart
and funny
a butter mint
at your reception.

Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Stirring : A Literary Collection

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