Regular Poem: Femme Fatale BTS

16 Apr

She walked into my office a few minutes past closing
and a few hours past my being sober.
Even through the whiskey, I could see
she was all sharp angles and soft skin;
there was a secret on her red lips that was
different from the secrets in her red head.

“I don’t usually take new clients this late in the day,” I said.
“And I don’t negotiate. Ever. You either
agree to take my case or you don’t,” she said, her voice a hiss of steam from
the radiator of her mouth

a mouth I very much wanted to tap on,
make hiss more.


case local cut-rate gumshoes’ offices
assess for degree of misogyny, alcoholism, impulsivity, receptiveness to feminine wilesspreadsheet?

buy new red lipstickmatte, long-wear
have mourning dress altered to specs of chosen detective
buy eye drops

kill husband
hide and obfuscate evidence

apply eyedrops before cops arrive for questioning about dead husband
assess detectives for degree of misogyny, alcoholism, impulsivity, receptiveness to feminine wilesspreadsheet?

rest day
hole up, pretend to grieve
brainstorm ways to pit police detectives against private detective
yard workallergic reaction will make voice husky and sexy tomorrow

use eyedrops again
chain smoke in case allergic reaction to yard work hasn’t made voice husky and sexy enough

2 Responses to “Regular Poem: Femme Fatale BTS”

  1. Silver Screenings 18 April 2019 at 7:56 PM #


    • TheBestofAlexandra 18 April 2019 at 8:25 PM #

      Ha! I had meant to write more on this subject and in this vein, but I’m glad my truncated version came across.

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