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A poodle lives like a shadow.
It is not ill-treated, just ignored, 
so it moves from room to room
but stays away from her couch.

The place is littered with her underclothes,
discarded bras, panties, garters and negligee.
I had no idea
why these things all came to rest here
scattered around her like that.
To me, she seemed to rule them all;
displaying them 
as a kind of sovereign insignia.

I was an occasional pal of her son.
Once she fed a newborn from her own white flesh. 
The soft upholstery seemed to settle around her, 
closing its wide mouth about them both,
including all the discarded clothing.

The poodle wandered away,
perhaps sensing it would could never be
part of her regalia.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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