The goddess in the closet collects tributes.
They slip her a dollar, check their coats,
claim tickets, and doff inhibitions.
She sips Gerolsteiner and checks tweets
in a swell of faux fur wraps and leather trappings.
While she preferred the worship of rococo women
in boudoirs and wardrobes, those days are dust.
Bacchus forgotten, Bellona mocked, the displaced
slip in for a desperate dance, a brush of skin, a bit of X.
In corners soaked with spilled secrets, forsaken gods
gather. Yet she does not despair, she will rise
with the help of carefully constructed pages.
Techno-Babylon is booming, sex sells,
and she is the poster child for punk-baroque burlesque.
The goddess of coat hangers collects another dollar
and imagines resurrection like the phoenix and Osiris,
as she crafts another lusty 140-character prayer.
Valya Dudycz Lupescu, is the author of THE SILENCE OF TREES and STICKS & BONES, as well as the founding editor of CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character. Born and raised in Chicago, Valya received her degree in English at DePaul University and her MFA in Writing as part of the inaugural class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Valya has worked as a college professor, obituary writer, content manager, internal communications specialist, co-producer of an independent feature film, and Goth cocktail waitress.