Her youngest crawls through the dog's dish,
then back again to retrieve a red Fruit-Loop
floating in water.
She sits underneath her crackle of blonde hair –
three shades of peroxide
streaked like chicken trails through straw,
while the TV screen flashes her time
like riding out the weekend on the fumes of her clunker
through town, marking moments in backseats
bribed with beer – hers, theirs, doesn't matter,
but leave her a tall-boy for the road
why don't you.
She thinks of that Morris boy, slinking through Saturday night
like a shot of Mescal, the burn released in his hips,
flashed for the cherry-picked few under neon.
Wouldn't she show him
if she could get a hold of his Good Time Charlie,
show him that pretty doesn't count in the dark,
isn't worried over phone numbers left uncalled,
that a good Baptist upbringing
can be tossed away like an empty can of beer.
Sheri L. Wright is the author of five books of poetry, including the most recent, The Slow Talk Of Stones. Her works of poetry appear in numerous journals including New Southerner, Out of Line, Chiron Review, Clark Street Review, Darkling and Earth's Daughters, Crucible and Kentucky Monthly Magazine. Ms. Wright was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her piece, The Tenants Of Central Park , in 2011. She also works as a free-lance editor and as a ghostwriter for websites such as Proud Single Moms and Deathcare.com. She has been a guest poet on Accents, at 88.1 on WRFL out of Lexington, Ky. and on Janice Lee “Featuring The Arts” on WSKV in Stanton, Ky. She has won awards with Jesse Poets, Green River Writers and the Kentucky State Poetry Society, has read extensively throughout the Kentucky/Indiana area and has also appeared at New York city’s Cornelia Street Café. She has been a volunteer editor for This I Believe. Ms. Wright has taught poetry workshops for Women in Transition, the Kentucky Young Writer’s Connection and The Kentucky State Poetry Society, judged the poetry division in The Golden Nibs for the Virginia Writers Club, for Women Who Write and for Green River Writers writing contest. She is a regional chair for the Kentucky State Poetry society and is co-chair for their adult poetry contest for 2011. Ms. Wright currently is the host of From The Inkwell, a one hour radio show dedicated to all things literary on CHRadio 1650am, live-streaming at www.CrescentHillRadio.com. Please visit her website at www.scribblingsandsuch.com.