Fast Girls

The three sisters across the street

live with their divorced mama.

They wear cool outfits,

flipping long ironed hair over shoulders deceptively delicate.

They invite boys in,

making no apologies for being female

and thus drawn to narrow hipped boys

with supercilious eyes;

boys who drive fast cars,

and crack gum and knuckles;

boys who don’t mean any harm, they just long to feel skin on skin

and the vibrating roar of their suburban chariots beneath their perfect rumps.

At thirteen I watch all this wistfully from my picture window,

absorbing like a sponge every nuance of flirty expression—

for oh, I am desperate to learn what it means to be female—

loving the lazy way these girls walk up the drive

the casual wave, half turning, sending All-American boys

back home for the night to aproned mothers doting on their every word,

mothers who love their sons supremely and wouldn’t guess

the power these girls have over them.

The sisters don’t bother flipping off their porch light when they come straggling in after curfew.

Probably they sneak out later while the naive neighborhood sleeps, and the air is so gripping it makes you gasp,
to meet the kinds of boys after midnight which even they
are not bold enough to bring home
by light of day:

The black leather coated ones
cigarettes dangling from mouths so profane
all the adults want to smack them,
knock them into next week.

These insolent ones whose souls are brittle,
slicked back like their hair.

And what of these girls who stalk them with barely contained idolatry?
They are born to this sharing of furtive smoking, and secrets
with the wrong kinds of boys,
to backseat fumblings and feigned intimacies,

Laughing at the thought of getting caught
or of old age having the crust to mess with them some day.

But now look at them traipsing home
through hushed neighborhood
their porch light a feckless beacon;

I imagine them one-two-three
blinking in surprise at the sudden tightening of the throat
at the mere sight of that feeble light
signaling them back to the safety
of pink bedrooms and canopied beds.

They will never be so innocent again.
They will never retrieve what they so recklessly gave away,
but they will spend the rest of their lives trying.

Fast Girls


Happy Valley, United States

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I used to watch these sisters wistfully, wondering if I would ever be so cool when I was a little older.

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