This morning, before sunrise, I walked
along the road, passing
all the boarded-up buildings ... [+]
of wildflowers and grass and foxtails. Beyond
these fields are more fields and then more
and then the cloudless sky. Bees hovering
around coral-colored blooms, I make my way
to the river, crowned in clovers and briars,
hair more nest than hair, knees stained red
with scars. Pluck a peach from the tree rimming
someone's property and pulse it in my hand,
inhale the scent of its skin. I'm no good
at girlhood—worse yet, at being good.
Above, the moon swells in blue skies
and the cicadas keep screaming.