A couple of friends and I have been choosing a writing assignment each week just to keep us in the habit of writing. Last week we decided to write something based on an ad we found on Craigslist. I decided to head to Missed Connections and found this post:
Curls & Curls & Crown Royal (Backpack) – m4w – 99 (BNSF)
Date: 2010-03-05, 8:28AM CST
…..such amazing curls surrounding an adorable face. And to think you needed make-up to improve upon that? I’ll think of you all day now.
Here’s what I came up with:
Curls and Curls and Crown Royal
I’d rather be drunk on a beauty shop perm
than standing this far from you,
drinking you in through this whiskey shade
of orange club light,
mapping a path from wobbly table to wobbly table
past revelers who are amazingly unaware
to you, with your curls and curls and Crown Royal.
I can see you putting on your make-up hours before,
in a tiny apartment in fluorescent light,
tugging your eyelid closed and drawing a thick dry line,
pursing lips so they can be crudely painted,
applying foundation with a soiled sponge.
If I was a different man, I’d go to you,
cradle you in these puny arms,
and with a damp bar napkin spend the evening
dabbing make-up from your perfect face.