Lichtenstein’s Girl

Aug 15th, 2007 | By | Category: Student 2007
By Jaquetta Shade

“I DON’T CARE! –
I’D RATHER SINK THAN
CALL BRAD FOR HELP!”
the thought bubble declares.

Comic benday dots
bleed together
to form new flesh tones
to brighten the cobalt waves,

the ink
that stained the papers
endorsing the end
of a matrimonial mess.

“Drowning Girl” knows
bitter resentment,
accusations like bullets,
and the death to love.

The blanched tears brimming
from her lids don’t redden
her eyes like mine do.
I know the sentiment is the same.

I didn’t know that I could
grieve liberation;
achieving solitude
was misleading.

It didn’t sound lonely.

Jaquetta Shade (United Keetoowah Band of the Cherokee) lives in Tahlequah, OK, and is pursuing a degree in creative writing at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS. She says, “I have always been an ardent reader and truly love the act of writing, which is paramount as I have aspirations for careers in both journalism and creative writing.”

Shade credits good fortune for the many great teachers she’s had who have encouraged her to follow her writing ambitions. Among those mentors are Mrs. Lorraine Walker, Mrs. Jacque McIntosh, and Mr. Michael Peters. Shade adds, “I hope that my work can reflect their excellent tutelage.”

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