Friday, January 25, 2008

"What Do Women Want?"
by Kim Addonizio

I want a red dress.
I want it flimsy and cheap,
I want it too tight, I want to wear it
until someone tears it off me.
I want it sleeveless and backless,
this dress, so no one has to guess
what's underneath. I want to walk down
the street past Thrifty's and the hardware store
with all those keys glittering in the window,
past Mr. and Mrs. Wong selling day-old
donuts in their café, past the Guerra brothers
slinging pigs from the truck and onto the dolly,
hoisting the slick snouts over their shoulders.
I want to walk like I'm the only
woman on earth and I can have my pick.
I want that red dress bad.
I want it to confirm
your worst fears about me,
to show you how little I care about you
or anything except what
I want. When I find it, I'll pull that garment
from its hanger like I'm choosing a body
to carry me into this world, through
the birth-cries and the love-cries too,
and I'll wear it like bones, like skin,
it'll be the goddamned
dress they bury me in.

Finally a poem that's different.

5 scribbled up the vine:

Setu said...

well it is absolutely different.. a nice work of art i must say..

Anonymous said...

suggestive...nah? but a definite look into the idiosyncratic woman's ( by which i mean every woman) world......indeed. so i was right all along abt how women thought....thanks for the confirmation [:)]

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Shruti said...

the poem is spunky i gotta say.....its so in-ur-face!so temme more abt urself...wher u from?


Just happen to stumble on your blog. Found some nice poems here :).

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