Pharmalogical Eyes

Resisting his long-lashed beacons
shining through the windscreen
of the white Chevy Impala
proved as futile as keeping
the wind from the air.

The Pied Piper of tenth-grade girls
guaranteed my giving all.

I wanted the everything all the way
the American Prince held back
held back, held back, held back
liege to the siren mistress medicine,
resistant to my tingling PLEASE.
American make me American take me
with you will you when you go.

***

Resisting his long-lashed beacons
shining through the windscreen
of the white Chevy Impala
proved as futile as keeping
the wind from my hair.
The Pied Piper of tenth-grade girls
guaranteed my giving all.

I wanted everything all the way
the American Prince held back
held back, held back, held back
liege to the siren mistress medicine,
resistant to my tingling pleas.
Refusing all I have to give,
You do not do not do not do.

***

Resisting his long-lashed beacons
shining through the windscreen
of the white Chevy Impala
proved as futile as keeping
the wind from my hair.

The pied piper of tenth-grade girls
guaranteed my giving all.

I wanted the everything all the way
American Prince held back
held back, held back, held back
liege to the siren mistress medicine,
resistant to my tingling PLEASE.
I watched our fire slip away
on the back seat of the Impala
in the lee of the sycamore tree.

Thanks to Kary Wayson and Sylvia Plath.


Laura Celise Lippman grew up in New Jersey and has lived in the Seattle area since 1975.  After retiring from a career in medicine and science, she has found poetry an irresistible calling.  Her work has been published in Crosswinds and in Seattle’s 4 Culture Poetry on Buses.

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