Momma J Brings Whiskey to the Weight Watcher's Meeting

Sylvia Cavanaugh

Momma J brings a half-empty
bottle of Jack
to the Weight Watcher’s
meeting at the school
but the students have left
so it must be okay
she passes around
shot glasses from the discount store
with its lower prices
our leader has brought
a karaoke machine
and sings full-throated blues
in celebration of loss
we taste the spirit
it burns in a cleansing way
down our gullets that have seen
too much food
over time
Momma J hikes up her skirt
extends her leg adorned
with a three-inch yellow heel
turns it for us all to admire
her best feature
and we lift our glasses for another sip
we are spiriting away our flesh
becoming more ourselves
as we hone down to some
essential essence
we clear the clutter
practice a mathematics of addition
that equals subtraction
and finally join hands
kick-step like Rockettes
out of the room
our voices echoing down
the darkened hallways
as we head towards home

 
 
Sylvia Cavanaugh

Sylvia Cavanaugh

Originally from Pennsylvania, Sylvia Cavanaugh has an M.S. in Urban Planning.  She teaches high school African and Asian cultural studies and advises break dancers and poets. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poems have appeared in various publications.  She is a contributing editor for Verse-Virtual: An Online Community Journal of Poetry.  Her chapbook, Staring Through My Eyes, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016.

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