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Poussey

The beautiful black girl opens her thighs to

cross-over and quake

her German lover’s milk-white breasts

floating on the

tremulous raft of a

brass bed haven

in military Wiesbaden.

*

Poussey’s father insinuates his

general’s chest into this

seventh heaven unsurprised

but frustrated by

his daughter’s fidelity

and the passion with which she

clings.

*

He is blandly announcing a

posting back to America

where she has no friends

or inconvenient

romantic entanglements –

no-one to mix legs and arms

or find safe haven.

*

Poussey is distraught,

approaching her lover’s father

with a loaded pistol

bulging at her waist.

He is the commanding

five star who

shuffled assignments to

save his girl

from this perverse

seduction.

*

Piercings and shaved head motions,

she is imagining a Berlin freedom

far from small-town America

where sub-cultures are perverted into violence

and she becomes the sum-total of

parole diary leavings

and youthful fuck-ups –

a jail-bird too smart to conform.

*

At the last possible moment,

stymied by her father’s staying hand

Poussey is forced into a face-saving lie

I don’t love you

I never loved you

I never could have loved you.

*

Leaning against the bookshelves in Danbury

she is hiding from the prison queen-bee

demurring the drug-mule camaraderie

and the entrepreneurial sisterhood

but

they will have their revenge

in the ramshackle shower stalls,

head-kicking on the cracked tiles,

blood and water mixed in idle swirls

She will never love you!

the unkindest cut of all.

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