The sales associate must lift the lid.
She may have manicured fingernails. She may be expecting
a child. Inside
she should whisper to each of the shoes.
take a deep breath.
Listen: US 8 UK 7 D 39
Left and right must match.
This is the same identical woman,
the same shoe who picked her nose in traffic and looked both ways
before gliding in.
The sales associate shouldn’t remark on the size,
shouldn’t breath in sharply and say, “But these are Mine!”
It just wouldn’t do.
She might click heels together–
Back to the slow cooker,
to meatball mush, to life
with carpeting or tiled floor
to 30% off footsteps,
to leather or manmade upper curving in to meet
as many skin cells
as many membranes. Nested
objects (key chains and light up eight balls)—check.
Remove tissue, remove thoughts of stepping away,
the same foot. Release.
Brides are herbivores; eat single serving applesauce and celery sticks
Nature meant for them to be continually blushing
to accommodate their new social roles.
Young women whose digestive tracks are designed
for cake tasting
And boozing it up are Horses.
Small, frequent rations of fibrous materials: tulle
Crinoline, the way taffeta rustles in private.
Men entered the picture and brought corsets,
boobies bursting their diet composition and meal patterns
to take in grooms with serious faces, the wild;
the wide selection of foods, including cucumber nibblets
and penis cocktails
always foraging for bridal bodies—-
a hip bone here, and the amounts available
became one per customer.