Dorianne Laux


Dorianne Laux Poems

1. Vacation Sex 9/7/2015
2. Fast Gas 12/1/2015
3. Only As The Day Is Long 1/19/2016
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Fast Gas

for Richard


Before the days of self service,
when you never had to pump your own gas,
I was the one who did it for you, the girl
who stepped out at the sound of a bell
with a blue rag in my hand, my hair pulled back
in a straight, unlovely ponytail.
This was before automatic shut-offs
and vapor seals, and once, while filling a tank,
I hit a bubble of trapped air and the gas
backed up, came arcing out of the hole
in a bright gold wave and soaked me — face, breasts,
belly and legs. And I had to hurry
back to the booth, the small employee ...

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