Thursday, October 2, 2014

When your underwear talks to you and a poem

I dressed this morning, pulled on the black underwear that has, written on the inside waist-band, the words Every Woman Deserves to Be Happy.  I think I wrote about those panties once before, but don't quote me as I quote my underwear. Later, I drove to an appointment and crawled in traffic through Beverly Hills. I checked out the truck in the lane next to me. Along the side, in large letters, it said Let Me Be Of Service To You. I've posted the following poem before, too -- for obvious reasons.

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

exactly 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 

by Denver Butson


  1. I don't remember this but my god, it's brilliant!
    "She put on her nervous breakdown hat
    and walked out the door."

  2. Oh, I think I own a very similar hat! I should wear it more often.

  3. It makes me think of that Randy Newman song. You Can Leave Your Hat On.

  4. I just love this so much! Sweet Jo

  5. Amazing poem!

    And do you have a link for buying that underwear?

  6. The poem is astonishing. Wear that hat, dear Elizabeth. It's a good hat. Love.

  7. Love the poem!

    Gary Paulsen books are incredibly popular in the library. The kids love them. I'm glad Oliver likes them too.

    I'm sorry to hear Sophie's seizures have ramped up. Hopefully this is a temporary blip. I know that makes it no easier to live through, though.

  8. I just have to tell you...those babies are about the creepiest thing I have ever seen. Especially the one with the plant coming out of the head. Well, Halloween is just around the corner.

  9. Well now I want a pair of those fanny wrappers.
    And some armed robbery boots to go with.
    love it.

  10. I need to know where she shops, the precise address with directions. I love those babies. They remind me of old baby dolls that my brothers pulled the arms off of but that I loved anyway. The dolls, that is. The brothers, not so much.


  11. Anonymous -- I saw the babies in a very cool garden shop here in Los Angeles. They are from an old china doll factory. I think dolls are creepy in general, but I adored all of them. And it was my idea to put the plant in the top of their heads. I hate Halloween, actually -- wasn't going for a creepy effect but more of a weird effect. Oh well. Different strokes for different folks!

    Anonymous invisigal -- If you live in Los Angeles, the garden shop is in Atwater Village. Email me for precise directions! As for the underwear, I have no idea where I got it and only noticed the message when I sat on the toilet!

  12. Oh heavens, I love that poem.



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