Some Things That I Learned
in the Army:
by Richelle Slota
Politicians don’t bleed.
There are some things
in my life
I should have walked
My father was right about officers.
My father was wrong about women.
A go-go dancer from Memphis
taught me how to make love.
Sergeant Clark taught me how to kill.
Leftover body parts go in the incinerator.
Refrigerate the lighter ones
in the top trays, the children.
Richelle Lee Slota (formerly
known as Richard) writes poetry, novels, and plays. Her poetry chapbook
is Famous Michael; her novel, Stray Son. She lives in San
Francisco. She serves as a Meter Keeper, teaching meter to other women in Annie
Finch’s online Poetry Witch Community.