I go home and glue candy to my underwear
conform my life to fit my horoscope
pick up pennies in the subway.

I am your sparkly go-go girl,
Leslie Gore in Lucite heels.
Are you impressed yet?
Don’t worry, someday
I’ll learn how to sew.

Everyone keeps asking if I am having
more fun. No, but I’ll see what I can do.
Maybe I’ll remove some ribs,
pull my corset tighter.
Maybe what you think you see
is not natural at all,
but fantastic, a mermaid,
scales shimmering, shedding its skin
becoming human.


To learn more about Sarah Bridgins, visit her blog Books and Boots.