The Girl In The Macaroon Dress

12 Dec

the girl in the macaroon dress
brushed her teeth with Cortisone cream
and spit into her coffee mug
from Ray Street Baptist Church

she was remembering the man
at the airport, who had run out,
hurrying the way his socks demanded

she later saw him talking to a
security officer about a bicycle being stolen

she had a moment of insecurity
which she had inherited from her father
with the three tongues
when she imagined herself as the person
who bikes to the airport

* * *

the girl wears a red hat that is
ill-fitting in a comforting kind of way
she is about to telephone a friend
whom she hasn’t spoken to in months
—the shorter kind

she has a moment of insecurity
when she imagines herself as
the person who calls a friend

and has no news after months
even the shorter kind

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