This exercise is from the NaPoWriMo website. I picked a poem from one of my favorite poets, Harryette Mullen:
[When a dress is red] by Harryette Mullen from Recyclopedia: Trimmings, S*PERM**K*T, and Muse & Drudge.
[This work-in-progress needs some fresh air…]
When a dress is red, is there a happy ending.
If Dorothy had to
her ruby slippers
to go back to her
then what would it take
for the lady in
red to go to home
Some shimmying and
But a potential suitor
her index finger hooks
his belt loop and
reels him out of the
into her bedroom.
[“There’s no place like home…”]
She plays this charade
It’s her claim to fame.
Call her loose if you want,
if you flipped through the layers of her soul,
you would’ve known she had that used bookstore feel.
And she wants to be read,
flushed skin and all.
Another man’s body inside of her is another tale to tell.
The lady in red is shameless.
Happy endings are what you make of them.
– Michelle D. Hooks
Copyright © Michelle D. Hooks 2013