Grandmother said, Well, I swanee!
Granddad called her sugar.
Their son when pressed
Never said anything worse
Than I can do without the rhetoric.

Grandma told me I’d never catch a man
Eating nothing but grass. Men like meat eaters.
I never heard grandpa say a word.
Mom had me after he died.
Her favorite words are horrible and hate.
We haven’t spoken in years.

My sister strings swear words together
To create a glittering green diamond necklace.
I’m Snow White pretending to be Peter Fonda:
Remember man, you’re the one
Who can fill the world with sunshine. Dig?

Shreveport ladies shake the hairsprayed nests
On their heads, Bless her heart.

Our Ladies of Syracuse look up
From their rosaries, What are you talking about?