Would You Stand Naked
Thomas O’Connell


In a thrift store dressing room
Beyond the brief curtain
Of modesty, or perhaps propriety
Trying on a sundress
The fabric of which, the print
Too, for that matter, reminds
You of the tablecloth covering
The picnic table in the backyard
Of your parents’ house, while
I lean against a rack of short
Sleeved shirts, arranged by color
Thumbing through a paperback and
Watching your ankles?

Would you let me lead you
Into the luncheonette
With your eyes closed
On your birthday?



Thomas O’Connell is a librarian living on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, NY, where he happens to be the 2015-2016 poet laureate. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in Elm Leaves Journal, Otoliths, The Jellyfish Review, and The Los Angeles Review, as well as other print and online journals.