"Girl with Hoop" by Matthew Woodman

 Art by Lily Bell

 

 

 

Girl with Hoop

   (after Rufino Tamayo’s Niña con aro, 1932)

 

O sailor where the sea

 

sidewalk cloud-colored

feet shod leather black

 

circumference gold

 

I still dream of diving

of stepping through 

and finding myself

a sky to wear 

               I would 

tie the wind about 

my throat 

               stream

ports of call 

               bind

myself to no mast

but mine 

               I would 

solve the equation if y

be land-locked 

if the sum be shanty

 

see I unmoored

unlinked      unchained

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Woodman teaches writing at California State University, Bakersfield and is the founding editor of Rabid Oak. His poems appear in recent issues of Sonora Review, Puerto del Sol, Oxidant/Engine, The Wanderer, and The Meadow, and more of his writing can be found at www.matthewwoodman.com.

 

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