Depressed girls reach the age when a pet
cannot assuage their disillusionment with
the dressage of life, ordinal placement
of a salad knife useless to extract the pith
from white tie table talk, etiquette.
Young barons, barren of human sentiments,
become preferred escorts to the delicate
debutantes who only dress in blue, spent
a season ignoring you, postpone the blood,
predestined pain, coerced post-regatta non-
exclusive afterparty train. Flood
defiled flesh with Happy by Clinique, drawn
to stables when death seems like relief.
to die with beasts they never lay beneath
Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Rhysling nominated sonneteer and a Best of the Net 2020 finalist, the author of a short story collection You Don’t Want This (Pink Plastic Press), The Stakes (Really Serious Literature) and Lollygagger a book length sonnet collection debuting from Pink Plastic Press in October and 20 more books. She is the editor of eight anthologies and the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal.