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Video Blues

My husband has a crush on Myrna Loy,
and likes to rent her movies, for a treat.
It makes some evenings harder to enjoy.

The list of actresses who might employ
him as their slave is too long to repeat.
(My husband has a crush on Myrna Loy,

Carole Lombard, Paulette Goddard, coy
Jean Arthur with that voice as dry as wheat ...)
It makes some evenings harder to enjoy.

Does he confess all this just to annoy
a loyal spouse? I know I can’t compete.
My husband has a crush on Myrna Loy.

And can’t a woman have her dreamboats? Boy,
I wouldn’t say my life is incomplete,
but some evening I could certainly enjoy

two hours with Cary Grant as my own toy.
I guess, though, we were destined not to meet.
My husband has a crush on Myrna Loy,
which makes some evenings harder to enjoy.

—Mary Jo Salter

Mary Jo  Salter, "Video Blues" from A Kiss in Space. Copyright © 1999 by Mary Jo  Salter.

Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

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About the Poet

Mary Jo Salter (1954- ) is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently The Surveyors (2017). She is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Learn more about Mary Jo Salter at The Poetry Foundation.