To the Little Girl



in the brown boy eye

          pig-tail ribboned

          hard hand and heart


                   you are beautiful

                   in your standstill dance


all the brown boy eyes

beg you call them home


be sweet girl jaundice

stretched across the curve

of black boy sightsee


          be open eye

          be all out in the world

          be eye-smile and tear drop

          be river of right

                   down mountainside of man-nose

          be woman-water breaking

                   when whatever hurts

          be jelly on the inside

          sweet to tasting tongue


be everything

daddy didn’t touch

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