Angel's Flight, Vol. 4.2 (1979)

Linda Haffey

I want this time
to write a poem
just about me
not to a man or about a man
or even with one in mind
about how my hair is long and brown
and silky, like they say in the commercials
but I don't know if I'll ever
be held enough
and how I don't have any tits
just big brown nipples
that beg to be touched and stand at attention
about the way I hate laundromats
and no one ever bought me a washer and dryer
though I washed their clothes
folded them neatly
about how I am afraid of the dark
and the blank white paper
like Iowa winters
and memories of childhood
the little girl in the convalescent home
too hurt to heal

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