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Friday, November 26, 2010


by Iris Litt

    “That little wire in some bra cups might…set off security buzzers.”

They think my boobs are booby-trapped!
The metal-detector thinks I should be zapped.
They say I should not wear my underwire.
True, each of mine could hide a good-size bomb.
A 38D bomb!
My clothes are regulation sleek, my hair appropriately matted down
but if I defy this new one, I’ll get patted down.
I refuse to apologize for their size
but I’ll comply.  I need to fly.
I’ll convince the screener of their purity.
I’ll wear my wireless bra,
at least until I’m through security.

Iris Litt’s most recent book of poetry is What I Wanted to Say from Shivastan Publishing. An earlier book of poetry, Word Love,  was published by Cosmic Trend Publications.  She has had poems in many literary magazines including Onthebus, Confrontation, Hiram Poetry Review, The  New Renaissance, Asphodel, Poetry Now, Central Park, Icarus, The Rambunctious Review, Pearl, The Ledge, Earth's Daughters, Poet Lore, Scholastic, and Atlantic Monthly (special college edition).  She has had short stories in Travellers Tales, Prima Materia, Out Of The Catskills,  and The Second Word Thursdays Anthology; and articles in Pacific Coast Journal, Writer's Digest, and The Writer.  She teaches writing workshops in Woodstock, NY, and has taught creative writing at Bard College,  SUNY/Ulster, Arts Society of Kingston, Writers in the Mountains, Educational Alliance, New York Public Library, and Marble Collegiate Church. She lives in Woodstock and in New York City’s Greenwich Village.