she left this morning.
conveniently smooth like tap water
promises taped to her right palm for her to befriend the wild
with food
she just wanted to be great
she wanted to bring her mother the world
capsize time and defend her sister and brother
look her father in the eye with familiar
write down her grandmother’s genius words
learn the earth at the expense of her grandfathers back
she came / throttled tone with soprano cheeks
shy girl
social as corners
intimately speaking is how she preferred things
but stories pierced her earlobes
diamonds to shine / hoops to dangle
pages to escape poverty
like you / she survived through chances
stand offs against never and silence
she left this morning
after a cup of coffee
but prepared these words for you.


nikki skies for National Poetry Month


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