Melodie Barker, 10/12/2009
Current Occupation: Domestic Engineer
Former Occupation: Accountant
Contact Information: Melodie Barker lives in Flint, Michigan with a clowder of cats and her family. Her poetry has been published in Yellow Medicine Review, Gutter Eloquence, The Shantytown Anomaly, Tales of the Unanticipated, and Sage Woman. She frequents Facebook and lolcats when not working on her M.F.A. from Pacific University.
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Earth Girls Ranch on Mars!!!
When I was little I didn’t tell my mother
that I wanted to be a sex worker on Mars.
It just happened. I don’t mind sucking antennae,
easing the throb of indigo uvulas, massaging
magenta tentacles. The credits are good.
They like to buy me Cokes at the house bar
to watch me swallow acid. And chewing ice
triggers their skin to undulate with iridescence.
But what freaks them out is the zip
of batteries in my Hello Kitty vibrator.
At my mother’s luncheons, when her friends ask
about me and Mars, she tells them I’m fine
and tutoring English. I guess she never discovered
the worlds are better when we all get off.