A woman clothed with the sun.
Brittle old ladies: we create them. Coiffured movie sirens lounging, around the pool transmogrify into brittle old sea hags. (They don't know anything: t:hey just nag.) Let's let them swim out to sea. Let's give them a spiny seahorse to ride on. "Goodbye brittle old ladies, beautiful ones - Ride out against the horizon and the orange sun!"
Stephanie Brown's work appeared in the 1993 and 1995 editions of The Best American Poetry and she was the co-winner of APR's Jessica Nobel Maxwell Memorial Poetry Prize for 1994. She lives in San Clemente, California.