Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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The Wild World of Outlaws! 


is painted in purple and black letters
on two trucks and a van that pass my car
on Route 301. In the seat beside me,
my mother, who is no longer here,
urges me to thump the gas, to follow them
for just a minute of flirtation.
She’s already in love with at least one—
maybe the kerchiefed blonde
with the bandy legs or the balding guy
with the thick mustache. She’s attracted
to pheromones, to testosterone.
My mom, she loves the bad boys.
Death doesn’t stop
her.
She doesn’t get that I prefer riding alone,
that I’d rather not give the cashier
at the Shore Stop who rings up
my
Dasani and trail mix, the pleasure
of her naughty smile. She always
hated to drive, loves how she can now
hitch along with me. My car revs up
beside the van, my mother waves
my hand with the same wrist twist
as England’s queen. The driver
slows, waves back, grins, gap-toothed.
Gives him character, she says.
Toot your horn. I can’t argue with her,
this woman with the golden voice
who crooned me to sleep,
the same woman who frightened me
with her irrational fears, who often
said I stole her thunder, she who
morphed into someone else
in the presence of my teenage boyfriends.
The outlaws take the next exit,
and my mother disappears with them.
That poor gap-toothed guy—
how will he explain to his girlfriend,
the scent of
Tabu mapped all over
his red flannel shirt, the smear of
Cherries
in the Snow
left behind his thick right ear?


Gail Braune Comorat, a founding member of Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, has been published in Delmarva Review, The Broadkill Review, damselfly press, Delaware Beach Life, Gargoyle, and Apple Valley Review. She received a 2011 fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts as an emerging writer in poetry, and was the winner of the 2012 Artsmith Literary Award for her poem "Summer of Ladybugs." She lives in Lewes, Delaware with her husband, Joe.


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