Wendy (no. 72 of Women’s names sensual series)
She woke up, alarmed,
in a stranger’s bed;
charmed by her dream of a parallel life:
where she was married with 3 kids—
they were clever & they could fly!
She flew outta there fast,
before he woke up.
Just another Peter Pan
who’d charmed her
at da’ club—
Why was she always duped
by this type of man? Or DUUUDE!?
Where were the actual men,
who would give a damn
about other people besides themselves?
How long can she be doing this,
to fuck & run,
like Liz Phair’s young heroine?
She’s not that young anymore.
Time to cash in her ticket
to Never Never Land.
Is the dream of her own kids
and a good man still viable,
or was it make believe?
©2020 Carrie Magness Radna All rights reserved.
Carrie Magness Radna is an audiovisual cataloger at New York Public Library, a choral singer and a poet who loves traveling. Her poems have previously appeared in The Oracular Tree, Mediterranean Poetry, Muddy River Poetry Review, Poetry Super Highway, Shot Glass Journal, Vita Brevis, Home Planet News, Cajun Mutt Press, Walt’s Corner, Polarity eMagazine, The Poetic Bond (VIII & IX), Alien Buddha Press, Jerry Jazz Musician, and First Literary Review-East. Her first poetry collection, Hurricanes never apologize (Luchador Press) was published in December 2019. Born in Norman, Oklahoma, she now lives with her husband in Manhattan.