Thursday, January 21, 2016

"I've posted it before," she said, madly.

What She Was Wearing

this is my suicide dress
she told him
I only wear it on days
when I'm afraid
I might kill myself
if I don't wear it

you've been wearing it
every day since we met 
he said

and these are my arson gloves

so you don't set fire to something?
he asked


and this is my terrorism lipstick
my assault and battery eyeliner
my armed robbery boots

I'd like to undress you
 he said
but would that make me an accomplice?

and today
 she said I'm wearing
my infidelity underwear
so don't get any ideas

and she put on her nervous breakdown hat
and walked out the door 

Denver Butson


  1. Every time you post this I just want to kiss your face. Thank you.

  2. I adore this - you could post it every day and I wouldn't tire of it.

    It is my second favourite of all the poems you've posted, absolute favourite being Terence Winch's Success Story (fingers crossed that the link worked!)

  3. I too love this every time you post it. And the picture...

  4. In response to an earlier post.
    I devoted myself to the care of our Evie for 20+ years. Expecting Evie to end first I neglected my marriage. Then he left us, he died and my perspective changed. I used to feel like a single mom, now I really am a single parent. My heart goes out to you.

  5. Yes, this and poetry, period. If there were not one other thing to encourage gratitude, there would be poetry and it would be enough. xo

  6. it's the best poem. if only the woman in the photo were flipping the bird. Sigh.



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