the shoes by shuifanglj

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									The shoes

they gleam
snakes in twilight
turquoise amazons

selfish
cheek to cheek
they lean and shine

two sides
of one jungle woman
oiled as a monkey
self-adulating
magnificent
hissing
and slick

blue tongue silk
to your hard branch
cobrabelly
jungle decadent
from heated trees


                      (to a pair of turquoise cobraskin
                      very expensive wedge-heeled shiny
                      rhinestone-buckled shoes, San
                      Francisco, ’73 (gift from a much-
                      older rich lover for my birthday; I
                      picked them out; he was a trifle
                      bemused.)Madhuri Kathleen Akin
                      San Francisco ‘73

								
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