"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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