20S IN THE 90S by Laurie Kolp When Julia Roberts plays a hooker, big mistake. Huge. Shopping like that down the strip, a credit card limit unlimited. Saturday at the mall we sit and people watch, waiting for our Glamour Shots appointment, the new guy I love sure to love me back after that. I live in your guest bed- room, the closet my secret wet bar. A girl walks by with a drink from Orange Julius and I wonder if it’s spiked. You say I should come out more, but then I’d risk a traffic jam when I need to throw up in the toilet. We share wine and smoke cigarettes at night on the back porch, badmouthing our exes God! the gall of some men. A screw- driver hides in my room, waiting for sips between bathroom breaks. Ever since my husband betrayed me I don’t know who I am.
Laurie Kolp, author of Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014) and Hello, It’s Your Mother (Finishing Line Press, upcoming) serves as president of Texas Gulf Coast Writers and belongs to the Poetry Society of Texas. Laurie’s poems have appeared in more than four dozen publications including the 2015 Poet’s Market, The Crafty Poet, Scissors & Spackle, North Dakota Quarterly, Blue Fifth Review, Pirene’s Fountain. An avid runner and lover of nature, Laurie lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three children and two dogs.
She can be found on the web at: http://lauriekolp.com.