For Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum
The “N” word and the “”F” word are not allowed, now the “V” word has joined the crowd, it too lacks decorum, according to the speaker of the Michigan forum. Don’t name the word, or claim the word, say it sounds like “China” or rhymes with “Regina” or sounds like the mynah, that bird who’s allowed to speak, never un-floored with bills or beak, always sharp, pointed and tearing, like the use of the “V” word, Samas decries hearing.
Let’s play “Charades” and guess the agenda, legislate abortion to defend her, have doctors make certain, as they draw the curtain, that “V” probes are needed, the V” stays seeded, no law is absurd, if you silence the word, also true for the “V” word that sounds like “splenectomy” and starts with “Vasec….”, in political charades of gaming variety, one must maintain one’s propriety.
Lucille Gang Shulklapper writes fiction and poetry. Her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies. Recent work appears in Altered States (Main Street Rag), Red Booth Review, The Prose-Poem Project, and The New Verse News. She has also taught reading K-12, made recordings for the blind, and led workshops for The Florida Center for the Book and those facilitated through the Palm Beach Poetry Festival.