We were understudies for the goats
You were the light one, was Athena.
They frolicked in their mirror world,
Year by year their home filled up
our foreheads were dense,
And all the while the real goddesses
Athena with her famous
and her sister with black eyes
There is a spark
You mark it
Other colors follow for
You melt the crayon
holding the paper
the outline drowned.
and takes your body over
in the deep
Estimated to have lived approximately 100,000-200,000 years ago,
Please go down and thank her
arranging a circle of leaves
Take what little she has and
tags. How high can she count
that lay a mosaic over the earth?
you’d recognize her anywhere –
Sarah Rose Nordgren is the author of the poetry collections Best Bones (University of Pittsburgh, 2014), and Darwin’s Mother, which is forthcoming from University of Pittsburgh in fall 2017. Her poems and essays appear widely in journals such as Agni, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review Online, Copper Nickel, and American Poetry Review.
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