Dawn Reader

Dawn Reader
from Open Door Coffee Co.; Hudson, OH; Oct. 26, 2016

Monday, May 27, 2013

Spoon River Middle School: 7

Daria d’Splay

The store was not too busy,
so I did it.
A dare,
from Jenn,
so it really wasn’t
all my fault.
(You can’t refuse a dare,
can you?)
I went into the changing room,
stripped down to
bra and pants,
slipped out into the store,
crept over to a little platform,
and stepped up on it,
just like a mannequin.

And as I said,
the store was not too busy then,
but some old guy came by
and stopped,
and stared,
for quite a while.
(I thought I’d lose it,
right there,
but didn’t.)
And finally
he shook his head,
a little bit,
then shuffled off,
while mumbling
“Thank you, thank you,
thank you” down the aisle
till I could not hear
except the wildest laugh
from Jenn,
who’d hidden there behind
a rack of skirts.

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