Lee Todd Lacks

TWO POEMS — Rue Sainte-Michelle and A Mother’s Blessing


Pleas of soundly

chastened brides
echo through the registers.

Ghosts of bygone
lament in scented drawers.
Sisters blush at

either end

when blistered with the hairbrush.


Yardsticks sting the
upturned rumps
of shameless company girls.






Nancy had nine grown daughters,

as naughty as they were fair.

She knit them matching bloomers

with a plea upon each pair.


“If you should take this willful bride

to lay her bottom bare.

Please think it through before you do,

and paddle her with care.”



For more on spanking, check out Lee Todd Lacks’ play Nothing Between Sisters — acts ONE and TWO

See the rest of the Trixie and June chapbook — Stocking Feet, Rue Saint Michelle and A Mother’s Blessing, Saint Michelle and the Offertory.

Lee Todd Lacks seeks to blur the distinctions between rants, chants, anecdotes, and anthems. His experience of living with significant vision and hearing deficits often informs his writing and artwork, which have appeared in The Monarch Review, Crack The Spine, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Bop Dead City, Liquid Imagination, The Quarterday Review, Tincture Journal, Gold Dust Magazine, Yellow Mama, elsewhere. His poem, “Durgin-Park,” won the Bop Dead City Beginnings Contest in July of 2015. In December of 2016, Fermata Publishing recently released Lee Todd’s first chapbook of poetry and short fiction, entitled Underneath.


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