Lori has no beauty mark on her face
but feels beautiful anyway.
She dyes her hair blue, emulates Clementine
in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Lori would use Aladdin’s magical lamp’s wish
to banish porn from the internet.
She studies an old west photo book
of buffalo herds before they were decimated.
Lori refuses to ride in a man’s car
on the first three dates.
She thinks the door to salvation might reveal itself
watching orcas on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Lori considers the paradox that she
must lose her tongue to find her voice.
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