Dolly Parton Ghazal
When I was a kid, I thought they made Hello, Dolly
about you! You dreamt the Hollywood sign read “Dolly-
wood,” and one day it did in East Tennessee! “Dolly’s
Imagination Library,” a $35 custom license plate Dolly
fans in the Volunteer State can purchase as of 2016. Dolly,
an avid reader, you gift books to TN children. Dolly,
you knew how books keep on giving, unlike Slinkys and dollies.
Each move I’d box my poetry volumes and roll them on a dolly
up the U-haul ramp. The best books last forever, as you must, Dolly--
bringing together cowboys and drag queens dressed as Dolly,
Appalachian Pride and LGBTQ Pride side by side. Dolly,
how many have chosen you as a write-in-candidate? Dolly
Parton for President! Jane Fonda as your running mate? Oh, Dolly,
how you sparkle, star-spangled, and wise as the Dalai
Lama. You have been my spiritual leader, Dolly.
I prayed to your tiny waist as I gobbled Hostess and Dolly
Madison cakes, to your big wigs as my hair thinned, Dolly.
Your authenticity fluttered fake eyelashes, Dolly,
and I wanted to see the world as you saw it. Dolly,
I feel the room swaying. Promise you’ll never go away, Dolly.