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January 13, 2006

poem: lot's wife at the new year

by gl. at 11:59 am

michaelmas thought i should post this. i thought of the first few lines and the title on new year's eve and every few days added a couple of more lines until suddenly it was done. i'm suprised i'm not a pillar of salt already; i'm always looking back.

lot's wife at the new year

lot's wife sings "auld lang syne"
and kisses all the men in gomorrah
while holding a tiny bottle of champagne.
she knows she can't look back, so
she buries the past
keeps moving forward
pretends nothing else matters.
she's giddy, sparkling
in a sequined dress
and laughing like
there's no tomorrow.

midnight is magic
but the dark, dull hours before dawn
are tangled thick with fear and hope.
the men are now sprawled and snoring
on the couches in rumpled tuxedos
and the long hours stretch before her.
which will it be:
a year of salt
or a year of honey?
i think you know the answer.

...january 13, 2006...

posted by gl. | January 13, 2006 11:59 AM | categories: writing