ODE TO KATHARINE HEPBURN by Jessica Goody The gleam of stark black and white on architectural cheekbones. An Artemis, statuesque and poised, a thoroughbred, soldier-straight and Puritanical in the uniform of white camp shirt and unpressed khakis, loafers and white socks. Your auburn hair is a wiry thatch of copper, a mare’s mane flowing as you run. Elegant and angular in cuffed trousers and turtlenecks, everything chosen for its rugged simplicity: the oxford shirt, the trench coat, the leather boots and gloves, the rakish hat that has neither feathers nor a wide brim to obscure the twinkling catlike eyes. Your innate independence and strong-willed single-mindedness is evident in every syllable of your sardonic New England accent, the nasal drawl of the Main Line. You possess an intelligence even sharper than your bone structure, or that determined Yankee indomitability, that Taurean stubbornness, earthbound and pragmatic. You resemble a hobo walking along the beach wearing a chambray shirt and ragged cardigan, and a straw hat that has seen better days. On the lake or weeding in the dirt, picking flowers or chopping wood. A force of nature, as freckled as a tiger lily, diving undaunted into the wintry Atlantic.
Jessica Goody writes for SunSations Magazine and The Bluffton Sun. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including Broad!, Spectrum, HeART, Gravel, PrimalZine, Kaleidoscope, Open Minds Quarterly, and Wordgathering. She was awarded second place in the 2015 Reader’s Digest Poetry Competition. She has written two volumes of poetry and is seeking their publication.