She needs clothes.
Her budget is tight, my clothes are tighter.
I start in the middle of the closet
pull out the green sweater,
slacks in blue, black and brown,
two pairs of boot-cut jeans, skirts,
and a black dress I wore to a Christmas party.
The pants and tops fit her (we’re both tall).
She rejects my middle-aged skirts
as any fussy going-through-puberty teen
who just started hormone therapy might do.
She scrutinizes my career suits, silk blouse
and navy pant suit laid across the bed,
finally choosing jeans and V-neck tops.
Next, our heads bend over my jewelry box,
fingering pierced earrings and beaded necklaces.
She picks up my grandmother’s cameo,
the one I wore to prom decades ago.
She holds the ivory silhouette to her throat,
and with a soft brush of her hand
pushes her long curls out of the way.
About Annette Langlois Grunseth
Annette Langlois Grunseth has a BA in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a lifetime member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. Her poems have appeared in Wisconsin Academy Review, Midwest Prairie Review, SOUNDINGS: Door County in Poetry, The Poetry Box’s, Poeming Pigeons, The Ariel Anthology and other publications. Several of her nature poems were set to original music and performed at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. She is retired from a career in Marketing and Public Relations and lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband, John, where they both advocate for equal rights.