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
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


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