Maybe you were once a cowboy. Your last life you were Joan of Arc, Valentino or Edgar Allan Poe. I was thick-skinned and full of water. I was beautifully balanced and well round. I was wimpled and mandarin and blooming buoyant. I was bold and I was bursting. I was hanging in the valley of Apollo, puckering and zealous for tongues.
Copyright 2001, Mary Ladd
Mary Ladd is co-editor of the pop culture web zine Ape Culture (www.apeculture.com ) and editor of the spoof fan web zine Cher Scholar (www.cherscholar.com ) and its off-shoot paper zine Superpak Vol. 1. Her poems and essays have appeared in Hermenaut, Literal Latte, Natural Bridge and Eye Dialect.