Diane Wakoski Poems

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1.
Uneasy Rider

Falling in love with a mustache
is like saying
you can fall in love with
the way a man polishes his shoes
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2.
The Father Of My Country

All fathers in Western civilization must have
a military origin. The
ruler,
governor,
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3.
Belly Dancer

Can these movements which move themselves
be the substance of my attraction?
Where does this thin green silk come from that covers my body?
Surely any woman wearing such fabrics
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4.
Blue Monday

Blue of the heaps of beads poured into her breasts
and clacking together in her elbows;
blue of the silk
that covers lily-town at night;
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5.
Snowy Owl Goddess

Loudell, in a loose cotton dress
the color of delphiniums,
her hair, owl-feathered and quiet
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6.
Thanking My Mother For Piano Lessons

The relief of putting your fingers on the keyboard,
as if you were walking on the beach
and found a diamond
as big as a shoe;
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7.
Red Tether

A boy in some Dickens school
tipped his inkwell
and poured out a continent
of black sail, lines flapping as
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8.
This Beautiful Black Marriage

Photograph negative
her black arm: a diving porpoise,
sprawled across the ice-banked pillow.
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9.
Inside Out

I walk the purple carpet into your eye
carrying the silver butter server
but a truck rumbles by,
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10.
The Photos

My sister in her well-tailored silk blouse hands me
the photo of my father
in naval uniform and white hat.
I say, "Oh, this is the one which Mama used to have on her dresser."
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