Literary Magazine

Fanning My Dress Tail | Gayle Bell

1968
King, Kennedy, X
and the girls
Mysterious aggravating
Gyrating to SHOTGUN
Shot before they run
She had on a white blouse
white mini skirt
white boots
I was confused and smitten smitten and goofy
Trying to find some rhythm flailing my thin body
Holding at bay the wild weirdness I felt at liking her
Smelling her perfume
made me dizzy
She was a teacher’s daughter
she was fine
Doing the jerk
the only dance
I could do with any finesse
As Junior Walker and the All-Stars chaperoned my pre-partum love

While as best as I could
I was fanning my dress tail.


Gayle Bell‘s work has been featured in numerous anthologies, print and online publications.