Self-Secretariat (Poem)Portfolio: Ithaca College's Distinguished Visiting Writers' Master Class with Thomas Sayers Ellis
Published in collection of student work, Collage Comics
One foot in front of the other.
Best one first, best one second, third—
don’t stumble, don’t trip in stolen glass slippers and ruin a perfect finish:
keep your toes garnished in coconut polish.
Keep your head held high, eyes on target,
deadlines locked, hedges trimmed, eyelashes
curled for kisses.
Load, reload, rewrite, free-write, scrap, wrinkle
Sean said ginger hair always looks better
tangled up in fingertips,
not spritzed in vanilla-scented spirals,but
fussed with, fucked with,
left alone. Don’t, I say, do not
tie it up, shut it in, push-and-pull or
Beneath a paper doll’s sugar-breath
is the thick mix of caramel and nuts—
a whiskey sour sweetheart tastes of pavement crumbs, dirt,
grass and weeds and dust and salted