Regular Poem: Emergency Diva

16 Apr

“You should’ve been there,”
he says:
“You would’ve owned
somebody’s life.”

He implies
I would’ve ripped a lying heart
out of a brazen chest
and laughed watching
the last slanderous breath
puff out of perfidious lips.

He implies
my words would’ve been
as silver bullets
to their mangy, worthless werewolves.

I say
that’s probably
not
what would’ve happened:
People have the privilege
to be as rude and ignorant
as they choose.
This is America, and
I turn the other cheek.
(Also,
own somebody’s life?
What would I do with another life?
I barely use
my own.)

He says,
“Let me pretend.”
And so
I let him.

I am Julia Sugarbaker.
I am Joan of Arc.
I am Xena, Warrior Princess.
I am anyone
you want me to be–
anyone who will avenge your name
and fight for justice
and generally be the best and baddest bitch.

But do me a favor, and
don’t call for an emergency diva
when I’m already in my robe.

 

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3 Responses to “Regular Poem: Emergency Diva”

  1. ubecute 17 April 2014 at 12:03 AM #

    Very Interesting poem. Love the line, “Also, own somebody’s life?
    What would I do with another life? I barely use my own”

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