Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

The Kind of Life You Always Wanted

Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

The Kind of Life You Always Wanted

Article excerpt

You have finished what you set out to,

given up

on desire, preferring

the silent commerce

of unwinding wire

from a spool,

and you have invited sadness,

like a child hiding

underneath a boathouse,

called catastrophe a horse

that waited for you to ride him,

too tired

to pull at his mane.

Who's brought you

to this far off country? What strangers

have gathered in your house

to see you off?

Who's forgotten to wear

one's best, wingtip shoes?

(You have). This kind of life

has its rewards: little

is recorded, little

is remembered long.

It finds you on foot,

looking familiar, wearing a new suit,

apologetic with a pocketful

of sweaty money.

It pops open your trunk,

when you're drunk and shirtless

in the moonlight,

claps twice, then scoops flocks

of red-and-gray fan-tailed warblers

into the smoke, into night,

until you swear to him

you've done as you were told. …

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