Free U.S. Shipping with the code Ship4Free! Free U.S. Shipping All Weekend Long! Use the code Ship4Free at checkout!

Karina Chronicles

“What Do Women Want?”

image by Wardrobe Oxygen

What Do Women Want?
by Kim Addonizio

I want a red dress.
I want it flimsy and cheap, I want it too tight,
I want to wear it until someone tears it off me.
I want it sleeveless and backless,
this dress,
so no one has to guess what’s underneath.

I want to walk down the street past Thrifty’s
and the hardware store with all those keys glittering in the window,
past Mr. and Mrs. Wong selling day-old donuts in their café,

past the Guerra brothers slinging pigs
from the truck and onto the dolly,
hoisting the slick snouts over their shoulders.

I want to walk like I’m the only woman on earth and I can have my pick.

I want that red dress bad.

I want it to confirm your worst fears about me,
to show you how little I care about you or anything except what I want.

When I find it,
I’ll pull that garment from its hanger
like I’m choosing a body to carry me into this world,
through the birth-cries and the love-cries too,
and I’ll wear it like bones,
like skin,
it’ll be the goddamned dress they bury me in.


Leave a comment