by Mary Meriam
I waltz with Julie Andrews in her blue
desire dress one summer night, and we
are floating from the castle garden through
the edelweiss and falling dreamily
in love in the gazebo. "Nothing comes
from nothing. Nothing ever will," she sings
to me alone, while silky darkness hums
along in harmony with lovely things.
For here you are, you're standing there, in truth
you're loving me and touching me with your
soft womanhood. So somewhere in my youth
inside of Julie's sound of music, pure
confusion slowly melts, and any doubt
dissolves as Julie guides my coming out.
About the Author
Mary Meriam is a lesbian poet with a BA from Bennington College and an MFA from Columbia University. Mary's first book of poems, The Countess of Flatbroke (afterword by Lillian Faderman) was published in 2006 by Modern Metrics Press and received an award from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Mary's poems and essays have been published in Literary Imagination, Light Quarterly, and Sinister Wisdom, among others.
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Bed of Roses Love Sonnet Contest Winner
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).