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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Nightmares of the Young

by Michael Cluff                  

Mom keeps showing up
in a fifties hair bob
and cigarette-clenching
Marilyn Monroed-lips
serving Swiss steak, pineapple upside
down cake and tomatoed-okra.
The movie progresses from bad
to worse when the wind
blows her back to Kansas
in a balloon from a state fair
carrying "Omaha" on its side
and our terrier
protects her in toto
and sepias then overwhelm
mauves and puses
and carnations are only found
in abandoned milk cans
sporting smiling cows
in pearls and longrettes.

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