Friday, February 14, 2014

The Love Song of Phoebe Bates & C.C. Avalon

Let us go then you and I,
naked as jaybirds,
balancing barefoot, high-wire
on the rim of the railing out on the 
seventh-floor patio.

If we are not the usual blue movie queens anymore,
let's own it and strut anyway.
Those jaded trolls operating the trolleys and booms
wouldn't know real beauty
if it bit them in the ass and sang La Marseillaise.

In the rooms we will come and go,
talking of Michelangelo.

And indeed there will be time
for the long-awaited re-release of all our star turns
on blu-ray and dvd,
making us goddesses again and forever,
eternal and incorruptible,
like some sort of erotic saints.

Listen though, baby...
come close, my peanut, my prairie rose.
At heart I am as wholesome as a Michigan apple,
polished up and shining.
My skin turns red any time you look my way.

Today I scribbled down a poem for you,
and hid it in the folds of your bed.
I know you hate store-bought sentiment, but nonetheless
I dare to wish you a happy St. Valentine's Day.
I dare to eat a peach, if only in my dreams;
Guess whose?
_____

Apologies to T.S. Eliot.

My first dog's name was Phoebe. I grew up on Bates street. That makes "Phoebe Bates" my porn star name.

 
 
 
 

11 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

'tippy rural route 1' just doesn't really have a future in porn. :)

loved the michigan apple part. :)

hedgewitch said...

Yeah, Fleagle Washington doesn't sound like she'd cut it in the porn biz either. This was both droll and quite warm and real, Shay. The contrast between porn fantasy and apple reality, blushes and blu-ray, is as effective as that between your style and Eliot's. I love the opening image of love's insane balancing act, as well as the final fall into a folded red-paper heart.

Cloudia said...

oh you are in full bloom!

Yes, shocking about PSH

ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral

=^..^= <3

Margaret said...

Sugar River is kind of catchy! You know, Hedgewitch just stole the words from my lips :). (She does deliver the best critiques!)

grapeling said...

that would make me Happy Crest, though I don't actually remember Happy as I was 2. If I use the dog I DO remember, that would make me.... Princess Crest. Whatev. ~

Kerry O'Connor said...

I smiled at the references to Prufrock's Lovesong. That was a bold move and you pulled it off with original flair in this secret Valentine.

Mama Zen said...

This is beyond gorgeous. Sexy and sweet.

myinnerchick.com said...

***making us goddesses again and forever,
eternal and incorruptible,
like some sort of erotic saints.***

I. LOVE. your. Words. xx

Sioux said...

Mine would be Duchess Kappel. Not a winner, for sure...

Lydia said...

The most phenomenal Valentine I read in all the internet these last days. I love this stanza tucked in between the others, kinda like the poem tucked into the covers...
Listen though, baby...
come close, my peanut, my prairie rose.
At heart I am as wholesome as a Michigan apple,
polished up and shining.
My skin turns red any time you look my way.


How I do love your mind, your poems.

Lynn said...

Lovely poem. My porn star name would be Ginger Meriwether. :)