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the last list
by margot carmichael lester

The Last List
Margot Carmichael Lester

A guitar pick emblazoned with the JazzFest logo
Several photos, black & white and color
A table full of dead soldiers
A strand of Spanish moss plucked from her hair
Ticket stubs, torn just so
Directions to Howie’s scrawled on the back of an envelope
Her car keys, abandoned
A voodoo shrine cursing those who flaked
Red candle wax dripped and drabbed
A cell phone, face broken
Todd’s sunglasses, the original pair
A dry-cleaning chit
A martini glass crowned by her lipstick trees
Love letters, still tied with blue ribbon and smelling of Chanel Number 19
A ramshackle pile of CDs – Mem Shannon’s on the top
A few errant crawdad shells and one red bean
Bob’s copy of “The Confederacy of Dunces”, complete with highlighted passages
A business card for the daiquiri stand on Carrollton
An ashtray full of cigarette butts and pot ashes
A shirt purloined from the Rock-n-Bowl
One of James Taylor’s feathered masks, now unable to fly under Malcolm’s kinetic paperweight
The Yellow Pages, open to cab companies
Several condoms, unused
A mug of days’ old chicory coffee and an ancient croissant from a café in the Old Quarter
A traffic ticket, suddenly past due
A tin of crab boil
Three Band-Aids, and still not enough
A magnolia blossom, picked for her, now browning at the edges
A very large Mason jar filled with gin and tonic.
Her ring.


Margot’s a content strategist and freelance journalist. She consults with and/or writes for businesses large and small, and new and traditional media. She’s also the author of four books, including Be a Better Writer: Power Tools for Young Writers -- co-written with her husband, Steve Peha -- won the 2007 Independent Publishers Association gold medal for teen/young-adult nonfiction. She is currently working on two additional titles in the Better Writer Series, one for college students and another for corporate employees. A Southern belle and sex symbol for the intelligentsia, she was born, raised and still lives in Orange County, N.C.

more about margot carmichael lester


the headboard nodded yes
based on the imperfect 10 poetic form
by margot carmichael lester
topic: writing
published: 5.16.03

by margot carmichael lester
topic: writing
published: 6.3.03


tracey kelley
11.17.03 @ 5:42p

Mem Shannon! Blues out, babe!

It gives me a warm, running melancholy to understand about 85% of this list.

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