Cassandra Dallett
Cassandra Dallett occupies Oakland CA. She writes poetry and a memoir of acounter culture childhood in Vermont and her ongoing adolescence in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cassandra has published in Slip Stream, Enizagam, The Criminal Class Review, and Sparkle and Blink among many others. A full length book of poetry WET RECKLESS is now available from Manic D Press.

When I Grow Up

I wiped shitty asses for a living
scraped dirty plates
even tried to jack men off
over the phone.
I stood in line at the welfare office.
Spent food stamps and made it last.
Went back to school every other year
and still, I don't know
what I want to be when I grow up.
When I was a teenager
I told people I was going to be a bag lady.
I tried, by process of elimination
me, the only thing eliminated.
A felon with bad credit, a lousy education,
and shit for job skills
I need a rich husband,
or at least a good con.
The world doesn't need
another angry young lady
who thinks she can write
Notes of a Dirty Old Man.

2014 Cassandra Dallett
Cassandra Dallett was a Featured Poet who read her poetry at the June 2014 Second Sunday Poetry Series