Britney Spears, I can hear the static
you make from here. The bass line
beams low and clear across state lines,
they say. Do you miss indifferent
gas station attendants who sit
in the other room chatting with mechanics,
NASCAR playing at bottom volume
on the radio, and make you wait
forever for the privilege of paying
three bucks for a Diet Coke?
I stole a roll of Mentos when
I was in there alone. Hold it close,
you’re the only one I’ve ever told.
On the security video I’m front and center
in pigtails, an unbuttoned button-down shirt,
and my classic kilt, backed by a handful
of other schoolgirls. When I fling up
my arms and cross my hands to my heart,
when I take a few juicy steps forward,
tap twice against my chest (a bored
look on my pretty face), when I reach
my hands overhead, hug myself,
then run outside, everyone loves it
I don’t know. Is this where I ask
if I’m supposed to feel bad
that I stole? I ran out of class to see
the world at rest, when it thought it was
out of my sight. The sky was fine,
I guess, but waiting for anything
to happen upon it or not the earth seemed
not brave but desperate. So no,
I won’t be beating on it crying I repent!
And if ever some star-borne jury demands
account for when we semi-
accidentally showed our vaginas
to the universe or took candy
from a family-run Sunoco, then baby,
we’re probably screwed. Try dancing.
I’ll steal something to say.