Complaint

Mayor

Madeline Rogero
mayor@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-2040

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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One of the poems read at the John T. O'Connor Senior Center on October 9, 2018.

By Marilyn Kallet



Complaint

Surrounded by 
my designer 
products, how 
can I die? 
Decleor for my 
face, Coach 
for my credit 
cards, I’m headed 
for Eternity. 
Though yesterday 
when the pimply teen 
at the Johnson City 
Wendy’s offered 
me the senior 
citizen’s discount, 
I was crushed 
for a sec. 
Today in 
fleet Nikes 
& Adidas racing pants 
I’m back, 
outstripping 
my own best time. 
Only my 
downcast 
boobs 
toll an elegiac 
note. 


Poem from The Love That Moves Me, 2013.