P is for Pedestal

Jennifer Habel

Spring 2017

I wore a white leotard in that part,
which is the most exposed
that you can get, a white
leotard and nothing
else. And then there
was the short, tight,
fluffy, white tutu,
enhancing everything
and hiding nothing,
the white flowered
bikini top and bottom.
He dressed me in
white for twenty years.
I realized that I could
leave the stage only on
the stage. The curtain
rose again and again,
and I was showered
with white roses.

Jennifer Habel is the author of Good Reason, winner of the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition. Her poems have appeared in the Believer, Gulf Coast, the Massachusetts Review, the Southeast Review, and elsewhere.

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