The Coronation


The cab driver told us

when he says, “Vavavoom”

he means “vavavoom”


but we could not take him on his word

and so he drove us to see

the burlesque princess dance


in all lewd majesty, her

name was Dakota,

holding court before her subjects

who paid obeisance by the dollar,


black, sequined gloves,

an heirloom spun

in provocative

royal ceremony


demonstrating her

claim to lineage,

crowned queen

of the Palace of Passaic.