4.09 / September 2009

saying yes

“The blissful counterstroke—a considerable new message.”
-Tom Wolfe

was easy       leaning
deeper into his arms
her mind turning
to grey fuzz

a bright young
senator on his way
to the top         unbuttons
the sequined blouse
struggling with the

giving her time
to reflect       a pregnant pause
where clouds pass
and through the sunshine
in his dark face

she sees herself
age ten       riding her
bike at last     her
scraped knee and
proud grin after the fall

age twenty       staring
at her sling backs
tangled with his
trousers on the floor       tasting
this politician’s lips
she thinks how
far she’s come