Beatrice Hawley



for Dashiell Hammet

A long sea voyage:
lean on the polished railing
in your white shawl:
spit into water.

A revolution:
learn to hide in the jungle
where people can be mistaken
for a new kind of flower

A new lover:
lie in a hammock
smoke opium together
dye your hair orange, curl it.

A shopping expedition:
in the most elegant store,
buy a red dress, a fan -
a pearl handled revolver.