(February 5,1951 / Little Rock, Arkansas United States of America)

I Remember A Tv Program Called Queen For A Day

I remember a TV program called Queen for a Day
for some reason my sister and I were not that enamoured of
the crown and the confetti that came down on the lucky

lady about to win all the prizes, mainly new kitchen appliances
who had a facial expression as if she had just gone through
The Pearly Gates.

we were interested in the applause meter. How was it really
possible to measure applause?
as for ourselves, we played with a tiny doll sized kitchen

out in the back yard with cheerful curtains
and an outdoors scene
painted on metal so that you would be looking

at the painted outdoor scene 'through' the tiny
window above the sink at the same time
you would actually be in the real outdoors

scene of the backyard
the hot summer grass making your knees itchy.
a few stray ants near the clover beds.

and now I recognize we were always in love
with everything then and were so happy
when we played because we always lost and found

the worlds contained in worlds.
even without confetti coming down.

mary angela douglas 7 april 2016

by Mary Angela Douglas

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