We continue our celebration of National Poetry Month, and Coffee House Press, with a poem from Lightsey Darst’s just published collection, Find the Girl.
The 2007 peach queens of Clifton County welcome you
to this stretch of kudzu & jack pine.
I am not your impression of me
ﬂy in amber, struggling, ruined wing.
Below their smiles
a stand for pecans, the beaten trees
bending, arching in neat rows.
I am not the ﬂat version.
I am not the thin version.
I am not the one held together with barbed wire.
You can gather
your own berries
in these long hot ﬁelds—the handwritten
sign in blue.
I am not the one hanging
with one hand
onto the tailgate of the black truck.
I am not the bas-relief, I
am not the photogenic swamp.
I am not the good sister.
I am a peach queen, I am welcoming you
From Find the Girl by Lightsey Darst. Copyright © 2010 by Lightsey Darst.
Published by Coffee House Press: www.coffeehousepress.org.
Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved