Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Asterisk (Lady in a Tub)

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Asterisk (Lady in a Tub)

Article excerpt

She stared at herself in the uncooperative mirror

in front of the Two Great Black Fellows

as would frighten a lady out of herself;

she stared into asterisks from which to behold.

She broke the bathwater with the tip of her toe

and wouldn't look into its Charybris waves,

longing for the days yet-to-have-been

when we can narrate our own crystal balls.

Because not even the filthy ring around this tub

can hold our whole grimy world together

(we're drowning in a foot of water, she thought,

and we haven't even gotten into it yet).

She soaked with a face as long as a yard

in the clock's slouched hours until

the water was not warm as when she ducked in.

Then, her heart galloped into a round-a-bend. …

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