Front Porch Ode

Leslie Marie Aguilar


You, ordinary plaid button down
on a wooden hanger dangling
in the back of a walk-in closet.

You, drawn out a in dang, the way
a lazy right eye wanders to the left
when the eager head turns too fast.

You, chiseled nose brown with freckles
leaving a trail of beauty marks across
a naked collar bone of another body.

You, wide-rimmed mouth and snaggle
tooth turned yellow from too many
Camel cigarettes and Shiner Bocks.

You, coffee mug of Beringer wine
on the wrap-around porch at night
after cleaning out backyard cactus.



Leslie Marie Aguilar was born and raised in Abilene, Texas. She has served as the Poetry Editor of Harbinger Journal of Literature and Art and is the current Web Editor of Indiana Review. She is also the recipient of a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, San Pedro River Review, Spillway, and The Más Tequila Review among others. She is currently an MFA candidate at Indiana University.