Farm Girl Flying by Trish Annese

Bright red female angel
redon_icarus by Art Gallery ErgsArt. CC license.

Loosed from the arms of her mother
by the shame of wings, borne on blue,
feathered splendor, she watches earth
fall fast, past sycamore, linden
and pine. A farmer saw her, waved
and shook his head, said to his son:
you have to be careful—girls like
that, they’ll rise when you least expect
them, take your self-respect along
with an embroidered tablecloth
or two. How can she explain it?
Flight without tether? If this girl
knew Brueghel she might well fear flight:
The farmer threshing his wheat and his son,
just a boy, pretending not to see
a fallen flutter of linen.

Trish Annese
Trish Annese is a writer of short fiction and poetry whose recent work has appeared in COG, Five on the Fifth, Caliban, and Hawaii Pacific Review. She is currently at work on a short story collection.

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