Childhood Myths

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The information she believes
receives from childhood is
that a woman desires complete
invincible men because full
of circumstance.

She becomes armed (with words).

In a red shirt, gray shorts and dark
running shoes, the man explains
he goes out with women for money,
his belly against everything it touches.

Her coffee is getting cold because she can’t stop looking.

In her fantasies, women receive something
in exchange for their bodies, and she is followed
by them, most of the time.

Sitting under a tree crying branches
of green leaves, she hides behind
a grey stripped suit, a red scarf
in the buttonhole.

Poem published in Gravel.