Helen Pletts is taking the coats tonight

I’m taking the coats tonight

I’m taking the coats tonight –
in a world of fingers that forget to tip,
it is my blue jumper trail-thread
which touches your palm
this evening
before the show
before you place it on her naked back
where the Dior black, parts
at her neat young spine.
I’m staring at the coats tonight –
from the cheap seats
parting the limp of grey I call my hair
hearing Smetana through a muffle of sleeves
wearing a blue Dior dress of dreams.

* Helen Pletts is a regular IS&T contributor. She was born in the UK but now lives in Prague in the Czech Republic, where she teaches creative writing. You are welcome to visit www.stem-of-quietly-disarrayed-fertility.com

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