Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 17 • Spring 2006 • Poetry

No rebellion

Darrah de jour

Every morning with her
hard-pressed heels
Her echoed step
finds its way above our
sleeping heads
Clanging across the peach
Guided by a handrail
and a business suit
Panty-hose and
a garter belt, hidden
beneath layers of

Teased mercilessly as a
child, too skinny,
"rakey child, a bean pole
you are. No one'll marry
you like that. Give him
something to hold on to!"

The thought of sex -- of
any other religious misgivings,
deviated her
from her books
Her men.

at six a.m., like
yesterday, her frail weight
lends itself with sheer
will guiding the rest
Into an orchestral
frenzy of pounding.

Nail into another one's
head. Nail into another
one's head. Nail into
another one's head.

Darrah de jour is a writer, actress, and musician who lives in Los Angeles and whose work has been published by Alyson Books, InSightOut Books, We'Moon, Doorknobs & BodyPaint, and in the forthcoming anthology, Desire in Transition. She has proudly performed at The Theater Offensive, The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, with Boston's premier street theater troupe Dagger, and at various venues in Los Angeles. She played Annette in Michael Ritchie's award-winning satire, The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering-Mom, starring Holly Hunter and Beau Bridges. Write to her at darrahdejour@hotmail.com.

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