the professional clothes hanging in our closets
with no body to bear them
like flags of prosperity
hidden behind a door,
emblematic of potential diminished,
symbolic of the financial ease of simply
deciding to push a button to choose a spotted
raincoat and matching shoes. Shall we garden
in brocade now? Walk around the block
in our cashmere with an untrimmed poodle?
Bake in high heels? Let’s gussy up and
sit in the window like hussies in a district
without a red light! Getting dressed is everything!
Combing the hair, brushing the teeth,
finding an outfit to pull on that doesn’t give
us away, hides the buttered rolls and red
wine, the results of the lemon bars and beer,
the sugar cookies of our pandemic sequestration.
Sandra Kolankiewicz's poems have appeared widely, most recently in Galway Review, One, Otis Nebulae, Trampset, Concho River Review, London Magazine, New World Writing and Appalachian Heritage. Turning Inside Out was published by Black Lawrence. Finishing Line has released The Way You Will Go and Lost in Transition.