Date Night

Michelle McMillan-Holifield


I. Preparation

 

Applies foundation.

Conceals

a jersey hybrid

german butterball.

 
Polishes

the holy mole.

Her lovely red bases.

 
Separates. Lifts
long lashes.

Cobras

in ornamental fiesta

 

for a casual date

a parade.

 

 

II. Her

 

Miracle of the face.

Translucent, loose.

Red veined.

Coral bells melting fire.

 

Laugh lines—

Linebackers.

 

Cheeks’ pale blush—

ballerina purple.

 
Ah, the sun-kissed

Mouth,

double velvet wave.

 

And her body

cauliflower amazing

Mammoth

big yummy

gold and bold

cha-ching.

 

And her velocity

mix pizzazz

any pizzazz

Zowie!

Nonstop.

 

Mama mia.

 

 

III. Him
 
Potential Groom

Guardsman.

Hardy Cactus.

Bonbon.

Mung bean.

Burpless.

Mary Kay catalogue and a Park Seed catalogue


Michelle McMillan-Holifield studied poetry at Delta State University in the Mississippi Delta. She recently completed a writer’s residency at Wild Acres in North Carolina and is an MFA Candidate at the University of Arkansas/Monticello. Her work has been included in or is forthcoming in Boxcar Poetry Review, Longridge Review, PIF Magazine, poemmemoirstory, Silver Birch Press’s Nancy Drew Anthology, Stirring, and Windhover, among others.

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