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Haiku for a Half-Breed

By Christopher Brisson


That extra rib, white
wand, she let me keep, gift for
a fine nurse, proud fan.

[In the Recovery Room]


Gypsies, tramps and thieves!
Hear it from the people of
the town: all jealous.

[The Truth]

Nighttime shines, drapes day,
black beauty streams loose from cheek-
bone to waist, cascades.

[Cher's Hair, c. 1965-1978]

Caught in crisis, takes
her fingers, taps rails, thighs, cars-
watch the films...you'll see.

[Method of Acting]

Toothie Ruthie, Self-
conscious crowded smile proved no
obstacle to song.

[Before Mid-Life Braces]

Tan switch of willow.
Sex and sinew; to the left:
mustache, butt of jokes.

[Variety Show Shtick]

Ten black sheep bleat, slur
of warm licorice, ancient
redskin rumble, fire.

[Pipes like no other]

In another life:
trapeze artist, still bending
wide eyes of the crowd.

[Some things are meant to be]

Constellations burst,
sequins, sheerness, headdresses.
Small tits don't matter.

[Mackie's Muse]

Could cover in clay
dual curves, twin ridges, render
perfect bowls, prayers, art.

[The cheekbones: a potter's dream]

Snubbed in '85
arrives a raven: quills, beads,
stunning, nine feet tall.

[After not receiving a nomination for Mask]

Metronomic flip
after a quip, long onyx
flight over shoulder.

[The signature toss of hair]

Multi-ethnic tongue
slid across gums, teeth, readies
barbs, mouth for Sonny.

[After insults, before retorts, on T.V.]

Famous tattooed ass
refurbished with skin taken
from recent face lift?

[Enquiring Minds Want to Know]

Big metal ballads.
Consorted with Bon Jovi.
Leather, lace, perms, hits.

[The late 80's comeback]

Top Ten hits splash five
different decades. Great singer,
actress, beauty. Yikes!

[Nap of envy: Madonna wakes]

Gave baby daughter
ridiculous name, came out
a proud lesbian.

[Nurture or Nature?]

Blueberry, Egg, Salt,
Multi-Grain, Cinnamon: can
not eat bagels, still.

[On the first anniversary of her break-up with Rob]

Hairy-nosed devil
with much charm, leer, seed, pinches
for girls, mean tricks, tongue.

[After working with Jack on The Witches of Eastwick]

Blood of centaur, horse/
woman, coltish charisma.
Cult rises. Happy.

[Icons Deserve Worship]

Moonstruck by Oscar-
gave humble speech, stayed slinky.
Some respect at last?

[The Big Night]

Hawked cosmetics, blew
credibility, dumb move:
not hard to Believe.

[Success's slippery ladder]

Fan missed concert. Cries.
On TV sees thighs sausaged
in old outfit. Faints...

[The Reckoning: Lititz, PA - August 2000]

Half-nude dancers shall
produce banal moves, distract
as costumes change fast.

[Directions for stage]

Butcher named Vidal
attacks while asleep. She wakes
to publicity.

[Punky Rooster, 1979]

Little girls groom heads
of nylon hair, plastic skulls,
life-size almond eyes.

[Hasbro's Decapitation Make-up Station]

Named for prophet, sad
color, son plays bass behind
Mom's cat-called bottom.

[Video shivers: If I could turn back time]

First song flops, Released
under "Bonnie Jo Mason."
What were they thinking?

[Just Desserts]

Caveman, Cavewoman.
First mod, then square, back to hip,
solo hits, ski death.

[Bono & LaPierre: A Brief History]

Chick with bangs meets smooth-
faced geek, May-December heat.
Made music and love.

[In the beginning...]


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