Melissa Studdard on

Published in Poem Of The Day

Because her body is winter inside a cave
because someone built
fire there and forgot to put it out
because bedtime is a castle
she's building inside herself
with a moat
and portcullis
and buckets full of mist
because when you let go
the reins
tumble over cliffs and turn
into moths before hitting bottom
because their hooves leave streaks of midnight
in the sky
because stuffed rabbits
are better at keeping secrets
than stopping hands
because when the world got
shoved up inside her
she held it tight like a kegel ball
and wondered
at the struggle Atlas had
carrying such a tiny thing
on his back

About this poem
"This mighty, ethereal, unbreakable being appeared to me in a dream. She is part girl, part magic, making herself up in order to survive."
-Melissa Studdard

About Melissa Studdard
Melissa Studdard is the author of "I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast" (Saint Julian Press, 2014). She teaches at Lone Star College-Tomball and lives in Houston.

The Academy of American Poets is a nonprofit, mission-driven organization, whose aim is to make poetry available to a wider audience. Email The Academy at poem-a-day[at]poets.org.

(c) 2015 Melissa Studdard. Originally published by the Academy of American Poets, www.poets.org. Distributed by King Features Syndicate





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