Janene Sixteen

Northridge Review, Vol. 3.1 (1985)

Cathy Comenas

The two of us off
the side of the road
Marina del Rey's rocky coastline

The first minutes of silence
then crashing of champagne
against our brains

We talked about our lives
Janene sixteen wanting to be
twenty-five
eyes meet, lips linger tasting
of ocean and champagne

I like men too
she tells me
my hand barely holds me up
men are fleas that bite me
when I lie on the sand

We giggle as we leave love in mid air
The bottle of champagne comfortable
in her hand
I watch the rippling waves beneath
Janene sixteen

Falling in my lap
she says let's go someplace warm


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