Do not be the burning sage as you
Sit on the bed soaking in the morning sun
And the washed remnants of your dreams
Of the night gone by. Instead, just hang on
To your wrinkled sleepwear and do your laundry
Listening to the hollow whispers of the washer.
Dear August rain,
Do not hold on to songs in your head
That can never turn into a hopeful refrain
A delectable orchestra. Instead, bolt the doors
Carefully when the thunderstorm breaks open
Into your pastures, echoing your birth-name
That everybody forgot, including you.
Do not forget that ‘queen’ is just a perfunctory word
And it gives you no privilege in a world
Where you floated in a dark, tepid sea of pettiness, betrayals
And only words and art have kept you from falling apart,
And there is the sweet, sacred ambrosia of love
But loveless evenings, lonely strolls in sidewalks gave you succor.
If only you can thank the August rain,
The road trips with false lovers,
The unflattering mirrors, the ditched playgrounds,
The old notepads of burnt poetry, the stench of abuses,
You can embrace your fire and ember.
You can be the revolution, the upheaval, the threadbare dance
You can be the defiant poem, the silence of ruffled nights
That you’ve always dreamt of being.