Big Enough to Step Inside

Gemini Rising/Poem for Nellie

It was your birthday and I
knew you and                                                              I didn’t

know you.  Your skin was                                                                       glowing
like a cloud

You were surviving
to the tune of
light beer
to the tune of
raspberries and a
couple of cows
to the
tune of
Joan of Arc’s head tilt
You were singing loudly
in a way I had never heard

you sing
You were
waving your arms

inciting crowds. You

 

were behind your

eyes and

you weren’t
Chock-full
of herb gardens
Speckled and frizz, you

were squinting your eyes

and slanting your lips

No, that was another day

This was your birthday and

You

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