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Ekphrastic Poetry Contest 2013

Lylanne Musselman

Honorable Mention

Party Stiff

Stepping into this party
she feels wooden
as she looks
around the room
so many women
costumed show pieces
over and over and over
same blank stares
a fashionable disconnect
from their mod world
where dapper Mad Men
ogle her and her and her
titillating forbidden fruit
oranges peaches melons
pairs so sweet with martinis
shaken not stirred
hardheaded hairdos
tease her discomfort
she Can’t Get No Satisfaction
poses alone in a crowd
her own gender parades past
mere chattel in pearls
high heels and hooves