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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