White Girls from Elizabeth

White girls from Elizabeth
are totally lame.
The live for promises that
they will never collect.

No guy is going to come
to take them to the city
no college going to write them back
no dream jobs in the offing.

Daddy won’t get sober
and take you home for summer
will never lose the five pounds
and slip into the red dress.

The rubber broke but you’ll get lucky
this time.

White girls from Elizabeth
are totally lame.



She’s a flurry of feet
on the corner of South Broad St
looking for a Courthouse abortion.

Eyes flitting the room
in the Boom Boom
drinking a Chinese doctor

hitches up her skirt
in the motor court
eyes on her watch as he goes down her.

I’d hate her more
if she was me
ten years or so from now