Tokyo, or maybe Nagasaki,
a photo of Yours Truly, taken
Wolski's Tavern in Milwaukee,
the Ford administration.
wearing short-shorts, and a cotton
(tie-dyed pink, running to green),
manner favored by James Dean.
bus was idling right behind me
from Japan leapt out the door,
flashbulbs blasting bright enough to blind me,
me on film forevermore.
years later, when they wax nostalgic
thrilling trip to the U.S.,
peer and gape again at that authentic
woman, in her native dress.
Marilyn L. Taylor
2004; originally printed in Cream City Review.
Reprinted by permission of the author.