Alter Ego by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

a chance invite came
a coupon: 2 for 1

she had kids I had mine
spare time was sparse

I pulled a lie out of storage
the little white one
that stains my tongue
like black liquorish and
leaves a bad taste

soon in the post
a thumbnail print―
I was glad she had gone
ahead anyway

she confided wanting
to hit town that night
as Claudette Colbert

only if you wash your face first
Caesar barked,
that's what they paint corpses with

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wanda Morrow Clevenger lives in Hettick, IL––population 200, give or take. She used to keep birds but they kept committing suicide, so now she randomly kills orchids. For access to more of her works in progress, visit:

Bay Laurel  /  Volume 2, Issue 1  /  Spring 2013