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mercedes lawry

The Eventual Girl

​The Eventual Girl was in no hurry to confirm dates or treat her windows or smarten up her phone. She dozed on rain-spent days, played haphazard with laundry and wrote haiku on the back of utility bills. The Eventual Girl was not daunted by her cousins, identical twins whose accomplishments had risen past the second story window at the old farm. She was content with lesser saints and cigarettes, assuring those who clucked warnings, that one day she’d sweep clean the foyer and empty her car of stray feathers, odd-numbered pages and the exhausted balloon. Love had never crept up on the Eventual Girl nor had holidays. Though she had briefly been a Girl Scout, she did not ascribe to the motto “Be Prepared” except in a perfunctory fashion. For life was fluid, as was time and the notion of mortality and she had no need for hospital corners or regiments of the like-minded or deadlines with penalties attached.

Mercedes Lawry has been published widely in such journals as Poetry, Natural Bridge, Nimrod, and Prairie Schooner. She has published two chapbooks There are Crows in My Blood and Happy Darkness and received honors from the Seattle Arts Commission, Jack Straw Foundation, Artist Trust and Richard Hugo House. She has also published short fiction as well as stories and poems for children.