Dogs 2010

MARILYN
(1/5/10)


she
bounces
down the hall
all bubbly
and blond
bright red lipstick
smothering
my soul

from where
did this stereotype
originate
to mislead
generation
after
generation
of attraction starved
women?

the costume
cautions me
of shrieking
femininity
demanding
to be noticed
demanding
to be heard

sorry
but
I am not
stricken

I mumble
a few cursory
answers
to her animated
questions
then retreat
to my office
and type
an email
to my wife

the moody
brunette
with coral
lips