American Dream Girls

Every year a bright calendar

scrubbed pink farm faces

suburban sweethearts 

pretty city


as young

as fifteen

long curls and tiny freckles

short skirts, lacy panties

modest bikinis in floral print

shining eyes and wide smiles

like daisies aimed at the sun.

Every year he's a sponsor

glad-handing their families

fat fathers in Hawaiian shirts

worried moms in sensible shoes

while he sends his recruiter 

to the green rooms

to lure the girls

as young

as fifteen

to come meet a rich man

to make their dreams come true.

Originally from Boston, Mickey J. Corrigan writes tropical noir with a dark humor. Her poetry has been widely published in literary journals and chapbooks. In 2020, Grandma Moses Press released Florida Man. Her novel The Physics of Grief puts the fun back in funerals while taking a serious look at the process of mourning (QuoScript, UK, 2021).