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Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: My Hairy Legs
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Who knew that legs had their own personal wishes and longings? In today’s poem, Mariana Tupper of Yarmouth explains.
My Hairy Legs by Mariana S. Tupper
My hairy legs say No to sheer pantyhose accompanied by stiff pumps and hard soles. No to razors, depilatories and electrolysis.They resent hours in the bathroom yanking on fabric strips and wiping up little hairs in the tub.My hairy legs take a stand against propriety.They say Yes to shorts, Yes please to stockings with crazy stripes.My hairy legs are happy to wear pants, and gowns on formal occasions,though they long for the moment when the party is over and they can kick up their heels and feel the wind in their hair.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2012 Mariana Tupper. Reprinted from Puckerbrush Review, by permission of Mariana Tupper. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.