KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 6: Fall 2016
Ekphrastic Sonnet: 118 words

Wardrobe’s Advice to Norma Jean

by Pamela Johnson Parker

Ditch those boots by the backdoor but never
Forget your barnyard brain—see sex as dumb

Animal want. Abandon all gingham;
Lift that fine ass out of your Levis. Slip

On a slip so sheer you’d buff it with
Windex; let one of your bra straps slither

Past a rounded shoulder. And remember
Tabu; daub it behind your knees and your

Earlobes, beneath the heavy globe of each
Breast. Rouge your mouth; say nothing, hint

At everything. Draw a fine line slant
Over each sleepy lid; file half an inch

From one satin pump. Remember you may
Wiggle, might wobble, should limp like wounded prey.


—Based on a photograph of teenaged Marilyn Monroe

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