In smocked dresses. Hand-smocked. In pinafores. Plaids. Glossy braids. Twist her hair up
tight snap a wooden brush to the countertop. This will up her spine. This will plump her
The proper way to tie a bow. A plump bow at the back of. The glossy braids swing free.
The ribbons bowed. Make an ‘x’. Strand one over, under, finger it between. If it flops
down sidewise, undo. Reverse the stranding. Teach her this method on doorknobs. One
ribbon will do. Affix it such: with tape.
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How to tie knots:
the proper way to tie a bow
hair rolled up in
socks. sleep on this.
a kink to such-
fishbone. french loop. bun. hot cross bun. hot cross braids. lick your stays. pinafore.
smocked. starched. round yoked dresses. needle to thread. pleat. bleat. shuttle cock.
In the evenings he shall unbraid thee. In the evening when he comes. In the evening
behind the curtain. This curtain. This curtain of birth of death, this newly marriage
curtain. In the evening when he comes. The clock upbraids thee with its ticking. The clock
upbraids he in his longing. Unsex thee such. Unsexed upbraiding. He moves through
thee. He glosses thy curls in nighttime. He glosses he pearls he slickens. Behind the
curtain are. The sheets will fill our lack. The sheets upbraid thee with their twisting. A
coil in this is. A snakelike coil a braiding. A snakelike coil. Umbilicus.
Rouge to the cheeks, in the pencil drawer. Handy for on-the-way-out-the-door.
Pat-pat, look up dear. People will think you’re sick. Oh these freckles. Lemon juice will
pale them. Lemon juice at night. The black tin. The spinning French script. The small
powder puff. The pinking. Better now. Straighten up your bows.
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In the lipstick drawer:
a girl named slut
a sweeter venom cherry
curl it bend it
exanguinate the positive.
Wash brushes with shampoo. Accurate application of shadow requires adherence to this
simple rule of eyeball: the ball and the bone. The ball and the bone. A complete package.
It is a system. Let some hair grow. Pluck this line. Blend. Blend. Blend.
We seek thee. We seek thy pink thighed tingeing. We seek thee in nighttime. We seek thy
ample cheeks, thy apple cheeked seeking. We seek thee. Thy swinging skirt. Thy flouncing
to the earth. Thy soft soft cheek. We seek the breath of thee. We speak thee lovely rounded
sonnets. We speak thy rounded lips. Thy flowered lips. We seek the unfurling pinking the
flowered lips the sonnet persuasion. We seek thee. In a glade in a forest in a cousins lap
we seek thee. Between us and it a meadow of thee.