Betty and Joan

by Elaine Edwards

betty and joan
dance five times a week
although I only see them
on a friday

betty wears skinny jeans
silver shoes and cowboy shirt
joan always has a hat
which changes with the seasons

both are be-ringed and braceletted
roughe’ed mascara’ed lipsticked
betty’s hair is long and dark
joan’s is page-boy red

they’re husbandless
betty once told me
-mine shot himself the stupid bastard through the stomach
as if that would have brought me back-

they whirl and twirl on the dance floor
shout “Yee-ar” in the country songs
joan always does a final
double turn and boot smack

they won prizes at the recent
costume party
betty as elvis and joan a sexy
marilyn monroe

after class they take their wine
hidden in their jerseys
and sip it on the beach these two
septuagenarians

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