|art: Ashley deLeon Nicole*|
After and Sometimes
Relive those parties where every bottle was uncorked and
passed around and everyone smoked everything, double-
checked each auto’s glove box for at least a Sherman or
a roach. And you left with exactly the wrong woman who
was exactly the right one, if only for less than twelve hours.
And not everyone was anything, not white, employed,
focused. And all had self-righteous halos of wild hair
imperfect as a precisely imprecise stitch in a Persian rug.
You had fun. We all did. It had become more possible.
Sarah Sarai. Stonewalls Legacy: A Poetry Anthology. Hidden Gems Press., Ed. Rusty Rose & Marc Rosen. 2019.
*Ashley DeLeon Nicole