Heavenly Bodies

Victoria Lindsay

Venus, the official website: 
Models, slimmed by
straight long hair and
legs squeezed into each other, 
one crossed in front
like real people never stand. 
Plunging V-necks... 
zippers from décolletage
to hem; 
studs and fringe
fit for old-time Westerns, 
velvet wonders, 
shoulders bared. 
Who dreamed up
the cold shoulder style? 

But, to avoid
a wrong impression: 
There are a few
I would wear... 
would, that is, if I were
thirty years younger, 
thirty pounds lighter
and looking. 

I have my Joe who, 
after a lunch of creamy  
clam chowder, relaxes
in his cozy tan corduroy recliner. 
Three years my senior, 
with a wispy silver comb-over
and ever-increasing age spots decorating
his cute face: a former baby on the beach
before sunscreen. 
Joe laughs with me
at the same comedy shticks. 
We speak words in unison; 
he looks slightly shocked. 
And we observe stars, planets... 
like Venus.   
 

 

 
 
 Victoria Lindsay

Victoria Lindsay

Victoria Lindsay of Weston is an award-winning journalist, and she writes fiction, memoir, poetry.  She had a science fiction play for young people staged in 2013.  She enjoys doing readings and leading writing retreats/workshops in nature.  Her poetry has been featured in Mush Literary Magazine, An Ariel Anthology, Blue Heron Review, Words and Other Wild Things, Art that Blooms.      

 

 

 

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