Saturday, March 23, 2013

Wanda Morrow Clevenger - Two Poems

Circus Flaminius

Not even Moses wrote the sin of Eve;
anonymous product
a 5th century wag of unjust finger, and
the brethren shout hallelujah at
Sodom and Gomorrah virgin sacrifice.

Now new charlatans circle for the kill;
televised Circus Flaminius
public stoning of woman's womb―
Kirk Cameron trips over his tongue.

Penis People

Until accused that time
right to my face of being a tease
―before I knew how and when to work it―
work the stuff I had, such as it was,
I hadn't given tease credence;

and until the waitress tips, sacred tokens for wearing
Sacajawea braids that one customer liked awfully much
and said so to my red cheeks;

and later still the lame one-liners
so diabolically lame;

it hadn't occurred that
I wasn't the tease, but skillfully teased into
a plaything for the penis people.

Author Wanda Morrow Clevenger has placed over 185 pieces of work in 67 markets.

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