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Lady Butterfly by Joann Vitali

Poetry


Goblintown, Virginia

Holly Van Leuven

As if summoned by a spell,
Forty thousand suits swoop down
Capitol Hill and glide home along
VA-267E, stopping first in Coach, Escada,
Neiman-Marcus. White receipt tape

And glossy bags like wispy kisses
Promise I will make you whole.
Like young lovers, the suits believe them.
Like young lovers, except with
Puffy eyes and pasty complexions.

While their spouses slumber
In fashion-forged mansions, they
Stay downstairs with the thrumming
Of the central air conditioning, sucking
In the blue light of the television.




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