I Am a Midwestern Winter

I have a collection of space heaters.
My hair was expected to be black
like my father’s. You were conceived
by a beach and a valium.
 
I say I don’t have the best
immune system.

 
          (I have a yeast infection. I have canker sores.
          I have agreed to be a 31 year old dog sitter.)
 
I grew up wearing a tutu
over snow pants.
Stephanie Tanner and Dawn
from Baby-Sitters Club, mythical
to me as centaurs.
 
I think about warm places. As I listen
to Josephine Baker sing Brazil
I could swear she says
where you put your ass in it.