Karen Poppy

Spa Pass; Spy Talk: Karen Poppy

Spa Pass

At Spa Montage,
I pass through
I pass.

Shined, polished
& perceived.

I pass. My gender
A mirage.

Ladies’ Lounge
Fresh water
Tropical fruit.

In their eyes, I display
As woman, wahine.

Here, binary
Of gender, only
Two rooms.

Invisible in this
The only way.

Also, the only way out
To the pool.

Men, women

I dive in.

Spy Talk

Truth serum works
Both ways
With someone
Like me.

Really, you seek
The truth.
I learn the truth
About you.

Sodium thiopental
Does wonders
For our little

But it is faulty
Won’t stand up
In court.

Karen Poppy has work published in numerous literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. Her chapbook, CRACK OPEN/EMERGENCY, is published by Finishing Line Press (2020), and she has another chapbook forthcoming with Finishing Line Press, OUR OWN BEAUTIFUL BRUTALITY (2021). Her chapbook, EVERY POSSIBLE THING, is published by Homestead Lighthouse Press (2020). An attorney licensed in California and Texas, Karen Poppy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.