‘Song for My Daughter,’ ‘Song for My Son,’ & ‘Out of the Wood-‘
Because my bridegroom marked the trail
Because my father pushed me
down the path alone
As always, we were stunned by the high quality of the submissions we received, and so grateful to our esteemed final judges.
We were always trying to get her attention. ‘Your mother is busy,’ said our father. ‘She is an important woman.’
It’s the one about the bears and their blonde:
In their many beds I left many cells,
called my multiple personalities down
D is for dragon and damsel, diamond and diadem. For deciduous woods, their dropping leaves.
This hurts a lot, but it’s true. It is astral projection gone wrong.
My sister puts petals back into the earth.
as a child I couldn’t sleep
my parents tried ignoring me holding me
stroking fingers down my back
but still I cried into the winter nights