Uncertain, listening for cues, she gives
One-word responses…can’t tell jokes. But then
after gin and nonsense, alone, she talks
for hours of the boys, teenagers, men
she has had sex with–more than she can count
or remember. She doesn’t know just why
she slept with them except they seemed to want
to. But the abortions…each one is clear
in her mind…each dead perhaps child. Now more
than anything she wants a live baby.
Her job is okay, frustrating, but half
challenging. There and everywhere she hides
her beauty, camouflages hair, breasts, eyes,
to slip unseen…maybe make a new life.
– Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, September 21, 2013, soon to appear as the speaker at Tuesday Dialogues October 1, 2013 at Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska, MN.