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The Battle, Upon Losing Artie

September 3
by
Rochelle Foles
in
Creative Outlets
with
.

The Battle, Upon Losing

the

hurricane

of

havingherheart

t-o-r-n
f
r
o
m

h
e
r

BREAST

her grief
threatening
to drown
the
mosh pit dancer
of a ballerina

in a river
of
her

own tears

as all await

that

first

sal. t. y.

d. r. o. p.

to. s. l. i. d. e.

d
o
w
n

her

high

rosy
cheekbones

an

e t e r n i t y

passespassespasesspassesby

for she willNOT
bend
nor
give THEM
thesatisfaction

of finding even a pin tuck
out of place
in the

pink tutu
that is her
unassuming armor.

heartwrench
beitasitasandwillbe

she will stand

she will plea-eh?

and she WILL
do battle
just
as

hertwinsouldid

gloves high
toes en point

lithe legs
covered
in pale
pink tights
pink tutu of armor
guarding her

and
HIS
GLOVES

laced up tight

GIGANTIC
atop seeming f r a i l t eeeeeeee

there will be no vanquishing
becauseofthis

heartbreak

THIS MAGNIFICENT LOVE
may
perhaps
be
gone
from this tangible plane

but
these sweet memories

will only serve

to strengthen
her resolve

to be

the

second

greatest

fighter

in

herstory

and so

a
pirouette

Grand Jetè

and with the grace of Giselle

she

is

once again

at ready

lithe legged
chignoned

pale pink tights

pink tutu

Cassius Clay’s
worn black
gloves

laced up

t.i.g.h.t.

and thus armored

with
one heroes

gloves

and one heroes
gentle arm

u
o n
r d
a

her shoulder

a quiet whisper in her soft ear

“you’re my girl”

off she dives once more

chignon first

into the mosh pit
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