Keith Gaboury

Miss Alford Walks

A dressmaker stands tall
on a shortened leg,

vaulted traction
under her corset’s sheath.

One hip once swung
out of socket,

leaving one limb
as an underdeveloped casualty.

Yes, a surgical artist
fitted Miss Alford,

J. Gillingham’s leather harness
strapped to her Victorian skin

like the Earth’s shadow
pasted across our neighbor,
a celestial slap in the face

over her ruler’s length of rubber
dropping onto a cobblestone affair

curving into the gas-lit stares
leaking from onlookers’ eyes.

The moon’s white teeth
roars back into view,
screaming out that ghastly light

along an intersection
of upward mobility.

Copyright © Keith Gaboury 2016

I earned an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in 2013. i currently live in Cambridge, Massachusetts as an early childhood educator.


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