HE ASKS HER TO PIN
HER PANTIES TO THE LINE

by Lynne McMahon


behind her less provocative clothes, flowing


shirts are fine, even better, towels,


dust rags, denim jeans, things


pedestrians passing by won't construe


as lewd, invitations to pursue the nude


odalisqued inside, languidly waiting


while her laundry dries, idly


painting her toes, perhaps,


or adding charms to her ankle chain,


dipping berries into brut champagne.



Lynne McMahon is a professor of English at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Her third book of poems, was published last year.


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