Fancy Men

Written by: Madeleine McLaughlin

hostility snaps the nerves
taut from life in tiny boxes
your neighbor prances
through the hall
and brags about her fancy men
attracted to her beautiful, black body
they pay
her rent
her groceries
everything she needs
she tramples them
orders them to hand over their wallets
they do
while she sinks into her coffin
of dependence on handouts