She stayed out late one day in spring
whispering sighs into the fragrant sky
for she was sixteen and dreams danced
down the dusty weed choked path with her.
It was dinner time
and the air had cooled
but her pounding heart and footsteps
blazed in youthful ardor.
She turned and was bathed in twilight’s glow
floating down a street oh it seemed like floating
of houses stained pink and mauve
against the light of sunset.
She could feel the secrets
that touched her from the window’s glow
of mother’s rocking children’s laughter
and those nesting families touched her soul.
She could feel the undertow
pulling her up into a woman
and she couldn’t say why
she cried into the darkening sky.
A girl is a mighty strong thing
she thought and started running
her bright hair dancing back and forth
and her feet echoing fast go fast.
Her breath felt clean
and her colt legs leaped bursting
bursting was her spirit
on that evening in early spring
the night she glimpsed
the magnitude of her unfolding.