Gingi Vitis visits with bar patrons during Drag Queen Bingo at the Rendezvous in September 2013. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Gingi Vitis visits with bar patrons during Drag Queen Bingo at the Rendezvous in September 2013. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Writers’ Weir: Drag Show at the Rendezvous

A poem by Diane DeSloover.

Drag Show at the Rendezvous

I shock myself, retired teacher

in this boisterous crowd,

screaming like a crazed teenager

at Gigi Monroe in clingy sequins

and puffy tulle.

The music fades

as Gigi composes herself

amid deafening applause.

She gushes love, reminds us

to care for each other.

Gray heads mingle with purple spikes,

Carhartts and spandex

in the sweltering barroom.

A woman covered in tattoos

gives me a high five.

It is past my bed time

but here is Gigi coming my way.

She fixes me with her dazzling face,

puckers and blows a kiss.

You are fabulous!

— Diane DeSloover


The Capital City Weekly accepts submissions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction for Writers’ Weir. To submit a piece for consideration, email us at editor@capweek.com.


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