June Cleaver as Snow Bunny


When you see a snow monster

in June, it’s time to put the mug down,

slosh the java on the table, two-step

away from your devotion.


The monster is not in trouble

your ring finger is aching

from so much diamond


and pearl, pearls are not the solution

although what harm in accepting (shame) harm-


less baubles from short, blond (or not) strange men?

Strange men make good bed fellows

at least I’ve heard they thrust neat

hospital corners.  When you find yourself tucked


in a tight bed, sheets (sins) pressing you into the mattress

consider stripping.  Rid the clothes.  Cotton, silk, polyester.


Skin breathes better en plein air.  Rumor has it

Monet and all his friends painted their impressions

naked, out in the fields while bored cows

chewed cuds, dreamed of taller haystacks.




I wrote this after reading Barbara Hamby’s Who Do Mambo.  She really plays with language, so I tried to write from the first thought that popped into my mind, a sort of free-write, stream-of-consciousness thing… You can read more playful poems at Read. Write. Poem


6 responses »

  1. Yeah, good call, I can see your mind wandering all over the place. Don’t believe the bit about Monet though, I’ve seen his work in the Musee D’Orsay and its too neatly done, it looks like millions of little dots on the canvas – loved your poem though!!!

  2. you know what my brain did with “find yourself tucked in a tight bed”? i read it as *ucked in a tight bed. sorry. 🙂 i think it’s b/c of the “f” at the end of yourself. i don’t think it has anything to do with my dirty mind.

    i love the parentheses in this piece, substituting “sin” for “sheets” and i like “accepting (shame)”

  3. You’re really having fun here…. I’d guess Carolee’s “misreading” was a very clever misdirection on your part… I feel there are just too many double entendres (all the stripping and being pressed into the bed by sins!) in that bit of the poem for it to be an accident! I love the dislocation of “thrust neat/hospital corners”.

    And the cows are great!

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