Kathy Lou Schultz – from The Sonneteer

Kathy Lou Schultz

from The Sonneteer

Quickly I press a narrative into service
to substitute for the leaky center

Now in the Mid-Atlantic southern flavors
the itch you cannot scratch

Or girlhood a thing I’ve parlayed for cash
a kind of uneven barter that justifies my existence

Even past hoping for hope or wanting for want
implosion the next order of business

Where lust is altogether unbecoming
take cover from hunger

I imagine a “you” to meet the “me”
that keeps flapping its gums

Under and over, and in between
passing static across time zones

return to SHAMPOO 7