Sirens in Santa Cruz • Kirby Wright

Girls, blonde and delicious,
Drift like new season
From veranda
Over to the bar.

This foursome makes music
With micros waving
And stilettos
Tap-tapping the tiles.

The bartender
Arms them with margaritas.
Their mouths
Are filled with pearls.

Men play the background shy,
Not knowing how to converse
With sudden goddesses.
The girls whisper and giggle

About a George Clooney look-alike
Alone at the end of the bar.
Tongues pass through scarlet lips
To lick the salt from glasses.


Kirby Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Wright has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Browning Society Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. BEFORE THE CITY, his first book of poetry, took First Place at the 2003 San Diego Book Awards.