Kat Meads

Miss Jane Repurposes

 

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All those fast walks and clean starts5
—Building the resume.
Americans are leavers,6 leaving their art.

Miss Jane's Aunt Liv preached the girly part.
Entice, entrance, cling, betray.
All those fast walks and clean starts.

Mistress/manager of dash and dart
Aunt Liv shoved off early, anchors aweigh.
Americans are leavers, leaving their art.

On the phone, the pot, piloting a shopping cart
Aunt Liv would have her say.
All those fast walks and clean starts.

When Miss Jane set out to break a heart
At Aunt Liv's cottage by the bay—
(Americans are leavers, leaving their art)

—Her broke-heart boy didn't blink, didn't fart
Just rose from the pier and drifted away.
All those fast walks and clean starts.
American are leavers, leaving their art.

 

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    5 Joan Didion
    6 Marianne Wiggins