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… rantings of a depressive procrastinator. Did I mention, I write? …

On Becoming a Proper Girl

I inherited a hoop skirt from mom as her
life slipped away (she had remarried.)
For years I wore it for deluxe events:
proms, Legion Hut dances, once even
                                                                   to church.
I wore it often over my jeans for comfort and style,
but I never………….quite………..
                                                  ………..got the hang of it.
I loved the dreams it came with:
Scarlett O’Hara-esque; Marilyn Monroe
Still hated it for dreams contravened, so
I made my move:
I sold it to a scrap-iron dealer
who dropped folding money in my palm.

Off to the landing strip,
told the well-worn pilot my plight.
This was my inheritance—supposed to
make me a proper girl,
a desirable girl,
a marriageable girl
.  Instead, better teach me to fly.

So I learned to strap in first, clear the props,
and read instruments;
learned to navigate in fog;
land without lights,
and French-inhale Turkish cigarettes.

Now and again–on a mountain riverbank
–sharing wine
and listening to the wind
I wonder—some—
what I missed, not being a proper girl.

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