To Dana

To Dana by Ellaraine Lockie

Whose Deathbed Wish Was for a Friend to Dispose of Her Vibrator Before the Family Found It

I’ve never forgotten
that first time at fifteen
with my father’s vibrator
A muscle massage machine
that resembled
an electric rock polisher

Back when vibrators
didn’t have risqué reputations
And came from Montgomery Ward
with plenty of power
Pulsation attachments for every affliction
Including my plight that public censorship
pressured into secret satisfaction
Where the undercover activity
excited fear of being found out
Or electrocuted
My obituary blurb obscure

Not to worry with today’s
in-vogue battery vibrator
available over the Internet
Where it resembles a male member
Or an ergonomically correct
tongue with a tremor
Whose safety substitutes for
salacious interludes

When second-rate construction
or spent batteries render impotency
A fickle lover forcing me to eye
my husband’s electric toothbrush

And a courtier capable of betrayals
in the mouth of the family dog
and mauled in front of my mother-in-law
Or public exposure at airport security
As my piece of personal plastic
purred itself into a bomb bluff

Embarrassing but I’m more
bothered by the obit column
And my family’s bad heart history

About Ellaraine Lockie

Ellaraine Lockie is a widely published and awarded author of poetry, nonfiction books and essays. Her chapbook, Where the Meadowlark Sings, won the 2014 Encircle Publication’s Chapbook Contest. Her twelfth collection has been released as an internal chapbook, Love Me Tender in Midlife, in IDES from Silver Birch Press. Other recent work has received the Women’s National Book Association’s Poetry Prize, Best Individual Collection from Purple Patch magazine in England for Stroking David’s Leg, winner of the San Gabriel Poetry Festival Chapbook Contest for Red for the Funeral and The Aurorean’s Chapbook Spring Pick for Wild as in Familiar. Ellaraine teaches poetry workshops and serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine, Lilipoh. She is currently judging the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contests for Winning Writers.

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