In That Other Fantasy Where We Live Forever

Wanda Coleman

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we were never caught

 

we partied the southwest, smoked it from L.A. to El Dorado

worked odd jobs between delusions of escape

drunk on the admonitions of parents, parsons & professors

driving faster than the road or law allowed

our high-pitched laughter was young, heartless &

               disrespected

authority. we could be heard for miles in the night

 

across the Grand Canyon of new manhood

womanhood discovered

like the first sighting of Mount Wilson

 

we rebelled against the southwestern wind

 

we got so naturally ripped, we sprouted wings,

crashed parties on the moon, and howled at the earth

 

we lived off love. it was all we had to eat

 

when you split you took all the wisdom

and left me the worry

Wanda Coleman, "In That Other Fantasy Where We Live Forever" from Mercurochrome: New Poems. Copyright © 2001 by Wanda Coleman. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

 

Source: Mercurochrome: New Poems (Black Sparrow Press, 2001)