Poetry: Erika Donald


need comes in
different shapes and sizes
it might be packaged
so you have to cut through plastic
untie knots to get at it
maybe it’s back stocked
shelved in some
cavernous store room
with all the extra large’s
and the discontinueds.
Still the mannequin poses
with nothing but a wig
and the lady looking out the window
listening to the clock
draws the most exquisite flowers
in the margins of a bill
look around
won’t you
before you exit