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Susan M. Williams

On Occasion

I climb the balloon string when no one's looking
crawl inside and float in helium ecstasy

breathing deeply and easily
disregarding my latex reflection

elongated nose dreamy eyes flattened lips
the whole of me stretched

around possibility and pretend
suspended by the desire

to speak in octaves higher than the ageless faces
staring up from my down

long enough to break
from who did fabulous scandalous what

as if to ask how could I
like it here
where I could never be

©2007 by Susan M. Williams

Susan M. Williams is a Nashville, Tennessee based writer whose poems and scientific research have appeared in various journals. She coordinates psychophysiology studies for Vanderbilt University and co-owns a Meineke franchise.

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