A Girl

By Ariella Garfinkle, TIWP Student 

“It’s only because I’m a girl.” — Eve Ensler

am I good enough? 
too loud? 
too curious? 
am I making the right decision? 
window shopping only keeps the picture pretty 
from a distance. 
“she’s so well-raised.” 
“such a sweet girl.” 
“you must be so proud.” 
curtains protecting glass
from shattering. 
what happens when the eyes are drawn away? 
no one in the luminous shadows. 
what would you do with no one watching? 
who would you be? 
a baby bird that hasn’t left the nest 
only venturing out some, 
always returning home 
to the warmth of the always-known.

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