Me, a little girl

In the crazy garden

Working for the big girls

I look up as

They strut in

With the wind at their back



In glistening pumps

Big hoops

Blazer, sneakers, jeans

—Doesn’t matter


Me, a little girl

Big eyes

Staring after them

As they breeze by

Warm and watering


Baby steps, stemming sun-kissed

One of their own—

My leaves begin to grow


The world shifts

From one leg to the other

They see me in their reflection

Clock in, out,

I see me filling in their shadow

Me, a little girl

Sprouting a little higher



Featured Artwork by Charmaine Olivia

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