Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 14 • Summer 2005 • Poetry

radical girls

Liz Henry

everything should bow down before you as you walk

releasing magical doves from your fingertips

spiders crawl from your backpack

and the bag with your laptop

shouts with stickers

the cars fall silent

their thumping hearts ecstatic

car radios and boom boxes hold their breath

at your long legs and combat boots with pink laces

(thickets of corn and sugarcane sprout up tall fruitful from cracks in the sidewalk only for the heavy stalks to bend and part to make a path

they throw themselves down at your feet like dream songs

because the night around your head swirls with stars

because of the way we looked at each other for one moment

everything should bow down before the imaginary universe that we just saw

and the world is in motion

in a city that becomes paradise

because we are unable to stop talking

which makes our feet slowly leave the ground

(and the lights in all the buildings go out

because love is beyond reason

Liz Henry is a poet and translator in the San Francisco Bay Area. She runs Tollbooth Press and a zine, Composite: Multiple Translations. Her work has been published in Two Lines, Fantastic Metropolis, Cipactli, Literary Mama, and Caesura.

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