Here’s my newest poem, written 3/20/2015, and performed at BAAD: Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, inside St. Peter’s Church in Westchester Square, Bronx — the neighborhood I grew up in — This poem is dedicated to Mary Capotorto, Lucia Petruzzelli Doyle, Rosa Marsico Petruzzelli, and all the tough Bronx women we’ve all cared for and buried, now and in the years to come.
Butch for Hire
by Annie Rachele Lanzillotto
If I was a little old lady, I’d want a butch caregiver.
Butches are vigilant as a German Shepherds,
they sleep with her ears cocked
on call 24/7,
they follow you to the bathroom in the middle of the night
clear your path. You are Queen.
A butch will tuck you in at night with a well-spread blanket,
say prayers with you in whatever language you speak
hug you, rub your back and feet,
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