Before Her Time

“Puberty” martha solorzano
Topless wildflowers discover shame,
sprout bandeaus to cover up
from winter's peeping Tom sun.

Overnight pink lipstick,
low cut leaves,
pert petals.
Disbelief descends
like a tornado or a gun.

Amidst garden gossip,
suicidal fantasies,
hateful frost, innocence
fields overrun.

One hellish spring,
then puberty is done.

© 2023 | K. Hartless


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