August 17-23, 2020: Poetry from Diane Elayne Dees and Leon Stevens

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Diane Elayne Dees

Diane Elayne Dees has two poetry chapbooks– I Can’t Recall Exactly When I Died and Coronary Truth, forthcoming. Her microchap, Beach Days, is available for download and folding from the Origami Poems Project website. Diane, who lives in Covington, Louisiana, also publishes Women Who Serve, a blog that delivers news and commentary on women’s professional tennis throughout the world. Diane’s author site is Diane Elayne Dees, Poet and Writer-at-Large. Visit Diane on the web here.

The following work is Copyright © 2020, and owned by Diane Elayne Dees and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

The Woman in Michigan

The Woman in Michigan is not a film
that would be made today. It cries out
for Barbara Stanwyck, Irene Dunne,
or maybe Bette Davis. She’s a career girl,
or perhaps a loyal wife who stays
in the background, desiring no credit
for her efforts to save her family.
Or maybe she’s a bit ditzy, and wreaks havoc
wherever she goes, yet everyone adores her
because she has big bright eyes and a quick wit.
Times have changed, yet today’s Woman
in Michigan does resemble a Golden Age star,
with her angled facial structure, red lips,
and rich, wavy brown hair. The movie, though,
is grim; it tells the story of a nasty woman
who refused to beg properly as she watched
her people die. Casting would be interesting,
and—though his wigs were mostly blonde—
Giuliani’s over-the-top drag outfits
are rumored to have him at the top of the list.
After all, no one is nastier, no one is ditzier,
no one is better at groveling and humiliating.
Lights! Camera! Action!

Leon Stevens

Leon Stevens is an author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He became a writer out of necessity. Along with song writing, poetry has allowed him to make sense and accept events and situations in his life. His first book, Lines by Leon – Poems, Prose, and Pictures was self-published in January 2020. Visit Leon on the web here.

The following work is Copyright © 2020, and owned by Leon Stevens and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Las Vegas

The click, click, click of cards
Beckon the lonely
To the lonely
Lured by fantasy or lust
Lured by easy money
Lured by the only job
The ring, ring, ring of the bells
Beckon the lucky
Or the foolish
From money they will part
Fountains and lights
Beckon all
To take in the splendor
Of the desert
Night beckons dawn
As high heels ride dangling
The barefoot walk of shame
Day beckons night
For one more round
Repeat, repeat, repeat
Until fortune found