Dollar Dance by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

the older ladies
gathered in my
grandmother’s kitchen
for the usual occasions
would perform a
peculiar ritual

one of them
wanted to pay
all or part
of something,
something trivial,
while the others
were having none
of it

with the kind of zeal
restricted to making
giblet gravy
the bill wad
was briskly pushed
back and forth
into handbags
apron pockets
and as last resort
their white
bullet bras—
shoved in deep
so one had to really
dig a retrieval

I found the
whole business
the only truly comical
act I ever witnessed
from these ladies

Wanda Morrow Clevenger
Wanda Morrow Clevenger is a Carlinville, IL native. Over 365 pieces of her work appear in 131 print and electronic publications. Her debut book This Same Small Town in Each of Us released in October of 2011. She is currently polishing a full-length poetry manuscript.

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