mary douglas Poems
Last Minute Christmas Eve 1964
last minute drugstore gifts are best for pure excitement!
someone's sure to want just one more box of
chocolate covered cherries-
look around...the greeting cards are gone
but it's too late to mail them.
I buy rose colored lipstick for my sister
(as we planned) . in exchange she'll bring
her coin wrapped change to bear on
the lilac creme sachet I had my eye on
last Saturday. we conspire this way
considering ourselves true friends, true elves.
how surprised our Grandfather seems
each year unwrapping the same Old Spice aftershave
in a ...
in memory of my grandmother, Lucy White Young
these peripheral fairy stories
I still wind
on a reel of gold
even if the pictures are flickering
in this Celluloid mirror
and the glass slipper slips to the stones