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Burnfort, Las Vegas

Martina Evans
Anvil Press Poetry


Putting it On

In the convent secondary school
Sister Benedicta — also known as Big Ben —
said I was putting it on. Acting.
I didn't know what she was talking about
until copper-haired, brown-eyed Dolores
stood up for me. She can't help it, Sister, Dolores said
but Dolores wasn't listened to either when she
tried to explain that I'd learned to stand like that
in National School.
I'd carried it over, unconscious of how
annoying it was for the nuns,
me with my one hand clutching the desk,
one bottle-green stockinged leg braced against
the iron rung underneath, the other
stuck out in front, ready to run.