Every Song By Patsy Cline / Kimberly Ann Southwick
dancing girl press, 2014
Kimberly Ann Southwick is the founder and editor in chief of the literary arts journal Gigantic Sequins. Her poetry has been published in a variety of online and print journals. She is an adjunct, teaching writing, grammar, and literature. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, the artist Geoff Thompson, and their dog, Jezebel.
god, i’m so excited this time
to not makeout with your friend
on the air mattress pumped full
on your floor, though last night
Tim Riggins held a small part of my hand
and kissed once the top half of my mouth
--i woke up all romantic,
closing my eyes, forcing my brain
back to a mess of teenage bodies
lying on a tattered couch.
i wasn’t even drunk on television, i wasn’t even drunk.
and the way the flowers smelled like the end of something,
i just wanted to go back
to being only a body, something warm
that could feel his fingernail tracing a line into my palm,
the pattern of a scar— a tattoo i don’t have yet.