a certain kind of pretty blond woman by Justin Hyde

 

 

not an ingénue
or a coquette
just

a certain kind of pretty blond woman
who doesn’t belong anywhere

polite
competent
winsome

less authentic
than an ounce of smoke:

you could tell her, ‘i
like to lick little baby assholes,’
and she wouldn’t hear a word
you said

she’d just nod
and smile

like my waitress tonight
at the local farm to table restaurant

every so often
she does a perfunctory loop
through her L-shaped zone

then disappears
out onto the patio

lights a cigarette
and stares at the sky

as if she’s expecting
a murmuration of starlings
to dip down
and sweep her away.

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