The Corral, 1999 Page: 40
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I've seen you on the covers of the magazines
at the checkout line, leaning forward in your
low-cut dress, hair blowing backwards, pouting
because you are so beautiful.
You don't seem to care that my son
sits in the cart, my husband
unloading the groceries onto the belt
beneath your feet.
I've watched you put gas in your car,
wearing the shorts that must be your
little sister's and the shirt that was
shrunk in the dryer. You smile at the
attendant who offers to wash your windows
under the sign that reads "Self Service."
I've even seen you at the church picnic
in the sandals that show off your legs,
tanned and shapely under the skirt
that can't help playing tag with the breeze.
The little girls want to sit in your lap, or braid
your hair the way they do their Barbies.
I watch you walk by our table in the restaurant
on our anniversary, your eyes wide and innocent,
as if you don't think anyone would really
be tempted to look at your leopard-skin pants,
the matching, zippered top.
I look over the candles into the eyes
that meet mine, squeeze the warm hand
that is stroking my ring finger, and smile
because I see I am so beautiful.
Mindy von Atzigen
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