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Girl Watching

by Lionel E. Deimel

 

Good legs;

Short skirt.

 

Plum lips;

White skin.

 

Pantyhose;

Sneakers.

 

Bluejeans;

Smooth crotch.

 

Patent pumps;

Gold anklet.

 

Black silk;

Black leather.

 

Tight tee;

Outlined nipples.

 

Bare shoulders;

Spaghetti straps.

 

Shorts,

Cuffed.

 

Soft neck;

Silk scarf.

 

Flowing hair;

Sudden turn.

 

Big blouse;

Windy day.

 

   

High boots;

High skirt.

 

 

Loose neckline;

Deep bend.

 

Long neck;

Dangling earring.

 

Sunglasses

Atop head.

 

Sleeveless top;

Flash of breast.

 

Black tights;

Panty line.

 

Black tights;

No panty line.

 

Puckered lips

 

This piece needs little explanation. It was an early experimental effort, and I have always been more comfortable with the idea than the execution. There’s no real theory behind the formatting, by the way. I just thought I’d try something unconventional.

At one time, I began collecting “rejected verses” (“Heavy thighs;/Lumpy knees.”; “Pretty face;/Cigarette.”), but I decided not to pursue it.

I wrote this in April 1997 and revised it in March 2001. I added a verse—should I call them verses?—on 12/2/2014.
 

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