Why I Wear My Hair Long

(2000)

"Why I Wear My Hair Long" is the first song of Tom Cipullo's song cycle How to Get Heat Without Fire, which sets the poetry of Marilyn Kallet.

Why I Wear My Hair Long
by Marilyn Kallet


I want to wrap it
around you
like a silk shirt


button it
slowly,
carefully,


facing you
let the fringes
tickle your hips


until we ride
strong silken horses
glued on


& my flag
unfurls
a few strands


sticking
to your
lips.


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