At the sight of her hair falling,
A young girl cries out sharply.
A woman is moving.
A woman's new hairdo is not moving.
So which one do you prefer:
The beauty of anticipation,
The beauty of suggestion,
(This will look just real fine on you . . . )
Or the reality of reflection
When you hair is scattered across the floor?
O thin ladies at Darlene's Salon,
Why are you all platinum blondes?
I know your local accents
Your slangy rhythms and double negatives: I don't know nothing!
You say. You who are involved
In all the knowing of this town.
(after "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" by Wallace Stevens)
Nin Andrews is the author of 5 full collections of poetry and 6 chapbooks. She is also the editor of a book of translations of the Belgian poet, Henri Michaux. She keeps a literary blog and a blog of environmental comics.