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American Life in Poetry

One of our first columns, published in 2005, had to do with a pair of high-heeled red shoes, and some trouble they brewed up, and now, at last, we have a pink pantsuit to go along with those dangerous pumps. This delightful poem is by Nancy Simpson, who lives in North Carolina.

Pink Pantsuit

It hangs around the wardrobe

for days, dull,

or reclines in the hamper

like a flattened flamingo.

I wash it in soft water.

I give it new life, and what thanks?

It walks out the door with my legs,

through the gate,

headed straight for the racetrack.

Poem copyright 2010 by Nancy Simpson from “Living Above the Frost Line” (Carolina Wren Press, 2010), and reprinted by permission of the author and publisher. American Life in Poetry is supported by The Poetry Foundation and the English department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.


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