mom’s mid-life crisis
From time to time
find Dear Abby good for a poem, the confused
seeking advice and getting it
can be quite conducive to creation, especially when you don’t feel like writing about
your own problems.
Last Wednesday’s column was a real gem, just too damn good
to pass up—
A young lady utterly confounded and humiliated by her mother,
her 44-year-old mother w/pierced nipples;
to make matters worse
mom has a habit of showing her perforated tits
to her daughter’s friends.
Inappropriate and pathetic, Abby responds, but in the end
just might have to learn
to live with it.
And I say pray
mom’s mid-life crisis doesn’t dip
below the belt.
Ben Newell, 44, works as a library flunky at a small college in Jackson, Mississippi. His poems have appeared in Chiron Review, LUMMOX, Nerve Cowboy and other underground publications. He recently stopped taking Lexapro, cold turkey . . . .