A Milton Bradley Game by Hilary Sideris

The object, for a girl
eight to fourteen, is to be

ready, to swoon if he’s
a dream, recoil if he’s

creepy, having acquired
three color-coded cards,

assembled an outfit to
counter his, whoever is

behind the question mark.
Will it be swimming

or a dance? Will he
blush, stammer, take

her hand? In shock,
will she slam the door

on the five o’clock
shadow of his cheek?

About the author:

Hilary Sideris’s poems have appeared recently in Qwerty, Southern Poetry Review, Spillway, and Serving House Journal. She is the author of Most Likely To Die, a book of poems in the voice of Keith Richards from Poets Wear Prada Press. She lives in Brooklyn.