Some girls can’t help it; they are lit sparklers,
hot-blooded, half naked in the depths of winter,
tagging moving trains with the bright insignia of their
I’ve seen their inked torsos: falcons, swans, meteor
And shadowed their secret rendezvous,
walking and flying all night over paths traced like veins
through the deep body of the forest
where they are trying on their new wings,
rising to power with a ferocious mercy
not seen before in the cities of men.
Having survived slander, abuse, and every kind of exile,
they’re swooping down even now
from treetops where they were roosting,
wearing robes woven of spider webs and pigeon
They have pulled the living child out of the flames
and are prepared to take charge through the coming
I have learned that some girls are boys; some are birds,
some are oases ringed with stalking lions. See,
I cannot even name them,
although one of them is looking out through my eyes
one of them
is writing all this down with light-struck fingers.
Strength & Resilience
The repetition of similar vowel sounds that takes place in two or more words in proximity to each other within a line; usually refers to the repetition of internal vowel sounds in words that do not end the same.
a break between words within a metrical foot
a line break interrupting the middle of a phrase which continues on to the next line
visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work
a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic
a comparison between two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”
When an adjective usually used to describe one thing is transferred to another.