Goodafter­noon, Spruce­land Chrysler

Geist - - Geist - Sylvia Sy­mons

Sylvia Sy­mons’s po­ems have ap­peared in EVENT and Best Cana­dian Po­etry in English, 2016 (Tightrope Books). She grew up in Prince George, BC.

My mother’s voice tin­kles high-pitched on the phone un­til she knows it is me

then it drops an oc­tave as she sits up­stairs at a sec­re­tary desk above the gleam­ing ve­hi­cles

Vo­larés, Le­barons, Cor­dobas

and the sales­men who walk the long boxy length of them all day

Stan, Ralph and that bastard Manville who takes the last of the Cof­fee-mate doesn’t re­place it.

Goodafter­noon, Spruce­land Chrysler

The show­room men don’t know how gut­tural a mother can be un­der ny­lons and White Shoul­ders. Hot hands in a con­crete laun­dry tub yelling for me to clean my sono­fabitch­ing pigsty be­fore she drives me into the mid­dle of next week.

A half dream:

I see her at the wheel— her of­fice clothes her birth­day brooch me in the vel­vet pas­sen­ger seat blue Vo­laré smooth ride into next Wed­nes­day au­to­matic win­dows rolled down.

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