Attractive in Docent Attire

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My sister had a plan
to break-up with her boyfriend of 8 years.
Too strong an arm
attached to a tattoo of his daughter's name
It looked to me to read "Shanty Anne"
where he served
on her galley in the Aleutians

They'd met underneath
the sombreros of San Pedro's west end
in '62, just out of school
when the ships brought him in

she said he looked
a little like Claude Rains
but with style
and she was no Bette Davis in her docent attire

They got into a mess
in a diner in Sevastopol
He was telling her he loved her but
she was telling him he'd have to go
cuz when the ocean breeze is calling young
men and maidens to the sea
the last thing on your mind is your
little girl who's here with me

My sister's since developed
an interest in the realists
she's working as an usher
in the town museum lecture hall
I hear her boyfriend
had his tattoo removed
by a carelessly placed fishing net
that jerked his arm into the waiting sea


from Carnival Dragons, released June 6, 2006



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Pam and Mark
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