Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Deborah Garrison

An Idle Thought

I'm never going to sleep
with Martin Amis
or anyone famous.
At twenty-once I scotched
my chance to be
one of the seductresses
of the century,
a vamp on the rise through the ranks
of literary Gods and military men,
who wouldn't stop at the President:
she'd take the Pentagon by storm
in halter dress and rhinestone extras,
letting fly the breasts that shatter
crystal--then dump him, too,
and break his power-broker heart.

Such women are a breed apart.
I'm the type
who likes to cook--no,
really likes it; does the bills,
buys towels and ties;
closes her eyes during kisses:
a true first wife.

The seductress when she's fifty
nobody misses, but a first wife
always knows she's the first,
and the second (if he leaves me
when he's forty-five) won't forget me
either. The mention of my name,
the sight of our son--his and mine--
will make her tense; despite
perfected bod, highlighted hair
and hip career, she'll always fear
that way back there
he loved me more
and better simply
for being first.

But ho:
the fantasy's unfair to him,
who picked me young and never tried
another. The only woman he's ever left
was his mother.


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