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Dressing, on The Side

August 12, 2010 2 comments

by Lori A. May

She is not yet comfortable
With Botticelli
Thinks it is something to be forgiven
Like Beta tapes left to dust

Sipping juice from the unpeeled orange
Searching for the daintier flesh
Within the folds of restrained citrus

She drapes shame
Over the weight of her heart
Heavier than her shell
Covering sins and regrets

The roundness of her
A barrier
An obstacle
Thick rind sheer with exposure

Away from him
She slips into something
Unlike her
Out of sight
Hidden to the side


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Lori A. May (website, blog) is a poet, novelist, and freelance writer whose work has appeared in publications such as The Writer, Tipton Poetry Journal, and anthologies such as Van Gogh’s Ear. She is the author of stains: early poems and two novels. May is also Editor-in-Chief of PoetsQuarterly.com and Founding Editor of The Ambassador Poetry Project.

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