Amanda Oaks

9 . 30 . 14

Poem for girl with tart-tongue. Poem for girl with tightrope lips. Poem for girl with head of hair made of zebra stripes. Poem for girl with carousel teeth. Poem for girl that never lets on that she knows all the sideshow speak. Poem for girl cartwheeling her way into your big top chest. Poem for girl that swings from the trapeze between your ribs. Poem for girl with hourglasses taped to her thighs. Poem for girl with hands like secret-dagger-strapped-to-her-ankle-and-she’s-not-afraid-to-use-it. Poem for girl with ferris wheel knees. Poem for girl with a bust-your-mouth-on-the-pavement walk. Poem for girl that can juggle all the motherfuckin’ elephants in the room. Poem for girl with a walk-on-stilts sense of trust. Poem for girl that can dance like midnight across a summer’s sky. Poem for girl that knows the light at the end of the tunnel through her cannonball wrists. Poem for girl that can tame the lions in her chest because she is one.

Cherry Pie (after Yasmin Belkhyr aka wildflowerveins)Amanda Oaks