Wren Tuatha ~ A Wolf Girl Enters the World

A wolf girl enters the world
through a slice in the air
that catches eyes all around.
Is her name ordinary, Maria,
or pedestaled, Dulcinea?

The air in the village square
tells the story of the pie
she carries. Younger wolf sister
stays close, dropping mental
breadcrumbs through
the forest of eyes.

To be a wolf girl and to be
a girl are redundant. Everyone
is entitled to look at will,
on the sly or not.

At court, brocade
flowers on her gown
fit in, but she will always
be queer.

Her Italian language is
baroque with syllables,
civilized. She has written
a poem. It feels natural
to choose the attention
of others.

She will recite her poem
now.

 

Wren Tuatha’s poetry has appeared in Canary, Coachella Review, Baltimore Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Loch Raven Review, Clover, Driftwood Press, Lavender Review, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Avatar Review, Bangalore Review, and the anthology Grease and Tears. Wren and her partner, author/activist C.T. Lawrence Butler, herd skeptical goats on a mountain in California.

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