Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sandy Benitez

Sandy Benitez lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming with her husband and their two children.  She is the founder and editor of Flutter Press and Flutter Poetry Journal.  Most recently, Sandy's poems have appeared in The Literary Burlesque, Pig in a Poke, Raven Images, and ScrewIowa.  She loves Thai food and sightseeing.

New Wave Boy

When we first met,
you were my new wave boy:
baggy pants, Haan Cole slip-ons,
and long bangs swept stylishly
to the side. 

I had just learned how to peg
pants, replaced tennis shoes
with flats, and wore vests
because layers were fab
thanks to Boy George.

We were hooked on Depeche Mode,
New Order, Duran Duran, and Wham. 
Though you would never admit the latter. 
I didn't know George was bi.
Was it that obvious?

Nineteen years later,
the clothes have been replaced
with casual yet comfortable. 
A pair of Ipods sit on the kitchen
counter pregnant with the past. 
Thinning hair clogs the bathtub
drain next to bottles of Nioxin.

And tucked inside our hearts,
a lovesong stuck in the 1980s. 
Repeating itself over and over.