Smoke and Mirrors
Back then, girls teased their hair, big bangs
like loofahs on their foreheads. Plumes.
Somebody spiked the punch, they said,
as if they'd wanted plain old punch.
They shared their earrings, weed, and jeans,
wore underwear with satin bows,
and danced like sex. The nights wore on
in shots and smoke—and on and on.
Back then, before the silly me
of retrospect, they reeked of yes,
diffusing through the bar to go
their separate ways the moment stay
awake or stick together seemed
in the tone of frowning, Tell
me everything. They saw their share
of bunk beds, ancient futons, floors,
and dudes whose moves were easily
excused before the sunlight cut
through dirty panes where, sitting up
like damsels in a cuckoo clock,
they smoothed their tops and balled their socks,
said, This we didn't do, assured
what's missing isn't—can't be—true.
32 Poems Spring / Summer 2013
Spring / Summer 2013
Copyright © 2013 by Caki Wilkinson
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Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission