Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Adolescent Intolerance

Photo by Zanetta Hardy

Iceless skate blades dream
of dancing outside teenage
closet angst, flute’s

cadaver rests inside velvet-
lined sixth-grade coffin,
plush bears and bunnies

stuffed within childhood dump
of loved-and-left-behind,
a yellow tutu with the flounce

crushed out of it, elevator-
crowded acoustic guitar
flanked by clothes two sizes

too small, casino-bustier
dresses not yet filled out,
adolescent hormones shooting

boy-band crush projectiles,
a face every shade of red,
hair crimped

crooked like the path
she toddles, girl
to woman.


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