Pleas of soundly
echo through the registers.
Ghosts of bygone
lament in scented drawers.
Sisters blush at
when blistered with the hairbrush.
Yardsticks sting the
of shameless company girls.
A MOTHER’S BLESSING
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.