I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked her if it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly
what you want to
Thanks God I said
And is it even okay if I don't paragraph
my letters
Sweetcakes God said
who knows where she picked that up
what I'm telling you is
Yes Yes Yes

—Kaylin Haught

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From The Palm of your Hand, 1995
Tilbury House Publishers

Copyright 1995 by Kaylin Haught.
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Reprinted by permission of Steve Kowit from The Palm of your Hand. Copyright 1995 by Kaylin Haught. For further permissions information, contact Tilbury House Publishers.

  • Kaylin Haught

    Kaylin Haught (1947-2018) was a poet from Albion, Illinois. Her poems appeared in Ms. Magazine, On the Bus, and other magazines and journals.