Does The Name Polly Perkins Mean Anything To You?

after Metropolitan 

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. 

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