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Why is it, ST, that people believe
you are competent? Clearly, they
don’t know about the lost jade earring,
the overdrawn checking account,
or how you’ve left the oven at 400°
overnight. Why? Because you’re
here yet not, a kind of magpie
much more drawn to chasing bright
bits of matter. And you’re not
young any more. Nor can you still
consider yourself thin. And stylish?
Don’t make me laugh.
Smart? Oh, some may think so, but
your smarts are a kind of rabbit-
in-a-hat illusion. Or maybe delusion.
And your moral compass? Not true north.
Must you remind yourself again
that your sly soulmate in Brooklyn has
a wife? Oh, really? So perhaps
you are only a faded old paper doll
in a house of cards.
But listen, doll, in your own way
you are loyal and loving to all.
Aren’t you? Is that true? Don’t answer.
Susan Terris is the author of 7 books of poetry, 17 chapbooks, 3 artist’s books, and one play. In addition to Poetrybay, journals include The Southern Review, Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, and Ploughshares. She has had poems published both in Pushcart Prize and in Best American Poetry. www.susanterris.com