Climbing Trees in a Skirt

I had a threesome of girls living on the tip of my tongue. At fifteen, their separate existence was my living. On Fridays, the girl I guarded most spent hours at the library meeting gods, talking to dead people with a past, and discussing the benefits of flax seed on festering wounds. Fridays were short. Weekdays were womanned by a camouflaged girl who knew patience—library girl would’ve never survived hand-to-mind combat against nuns who believed Jesus rose to save souls while teaching math. Home girl was wicked fun and fierce. She looked hot blood in the eye, never pretended not to know, climbed mango trees wearing skirts, and cackled with the moon.

fifteenth spring of life…
tight triad of one, morphing;
she’s growing her Self

for NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015, Day 15 – Fifteen: Write a poem about the town or city where you spent the fifteenth year of your life. If a poem about said place doesn’t move your muse, try something memorable that happened when you were that age. Introduce us to fifteen-year-old you.

Defiance, by Angie Wright

Defiance”, by Angie Wright

Love’s Strength in Her Bones

Fall Storm, 2012
the past comes calling,
Sandy hurricanes and kills;
wailing in my bones

Winter Loss, 2013
car crash in the dark,
wicked angel flies away;
asthmatic, my cries

Summer Wedding, 2014
handfasted by friends,
Witch and Piano Man kiss;
love’s strength in my blood

Process Note
: “Superstorm Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season”, the same year I made a decision that hurt many… including me. My baby brother died in a car accident at the end of the winter of 2013; shortly after, asthma symptoms that hadn’t been severe for years returned to squeeze my throat. In the summer of 2014, my Piano Man and I were handfasted, by two wonderful souls, in front of the eyes of the people we love most. On the day of our wedding, I was so happy that my flesh and bones and I danced for hours without thinking about pain.

NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero, Day 4 – Feeling So Deeply It Hurts: “Write a poem that shows how an emotion might increase physical pain, and vice versa.”
Love’s Strength in Her Bonesthe Witch and the Piano Man
(June 29, 2014)

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