Therese Villar, three poems


LACEY

Lacey completed five self-portraits and one landscape

Now she rested surrounded by the five self-portraits and one landscape

She sat in a wooden chair, which was not ideal for her buttocks as the wooden chair was rigid

Indifferent to how her buttocks or her upper thighs felt trying to rest in the wooden chair

Lacey yearned for a chocolate chip cookie

Her mouth was arid and she was famished

She needed to belie the metallic taste in her mouth

Her mouth watered for a chocolate chip cookie specifically

Although Lacey wouldn’t refuse a lemon crème or a custard crème

In each self-portrait she painted of herself, she emphasized her nose

Just because Lacey could draw noses best.

EIRA

Making bets with each other, Eira and two of her friends were making bets with their hearts

About the men in their lives and secretly with themselves, not letting on how desperate they felt about the men in their lives

Not one of them wanted to lose the man or become alone without one, it would hurt like hell

Eira secretly went to the local church to beg God for her man to stay, that is what she needed, to continue as the woman she is now

Life was inexplicable and comfortless already

During the tenebrous periods and lonesomeness, each one of the three friends wanted a man to be there

Love was not in the equation, although, love is what they believed they had

To circumvent the shadows of life, Eira was willing to settle for less in her life

She didn’t want to be in despair alone.

JACINTH

To purchase these shoes, Jacinth stood in a protracted line

She had been the only one who wanted these shoes, however, there were three other women with the same predilections as hers

Ergo Jacinth abandoned her spot in the line

To the end of the line, she returned