Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bring On The World!

Bunny Rock
—Photo by Michelle Kunert, Sacramento

—Patricia Hickerson, Davis

memory of Grandma’s Easter sailor hat
and someone else’s I saw the other day

in 1930s black and white film footage:
a Haitian woman
you’d think she’d be sad
to live on that hungry island
but no, she yanks a sailor hat
smartly down over one eye
struts across the street into a dance hall,
grabs a partner
takes over the floor with her cocky moves

like Grandma’s hard-brimmed straw sailor hat
tilted over one eye
with a wisp of knotted veil to add mystery
and a giggle,
to shout, as any salty sailor would
as he hustles off his ship for shore leave:
Bring on the world, ye landlubbers!