Delilah, you’re going
places, kid.
Next up is the can-can
in Reno.
From breast lift
to Tokyo fashion,
you’ve got the gift
for serious damage.
I’m at the airport
running the landing strip.
There’s a hurricane coming
with your name on it.
What I won’t do,
I keep secret.
What’s this all about?
It’s too soon to panic.
You’re in a holding pattern.
I took you for a working girl
working her block.
Now I’m in the district
of restricted airspace.
See this strip?
It’s the birthplace
of cash-flow America.
You’re gonna slot me
like a dollar
right into your mouth.
Take me down to Kansas.


Jessica Van de Kemp (BA, B.Ed, MA) is the author of Spirit Light (The Steel Chisel, 2015). Her poem, “Slant of the Girl,” was shortlisted for the 2015 Montreal International Poetry Prize. The recipient of a BlackBerry Graduate Scholarship in English Language and Literature and the winner of two TA Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Jessica is currently pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Waterloo. Author Website: | Twitter: @jess_vdk