Sweet Girl (a poem)

My friend has a child
who dances through
the gender universe
with light feet
and long hair
that stretches like a tightrope
between
imaginary destinations.

When they cut it short
the child wept
and went to school
lost in new nerves,
and a shy heart.

And then came a teacher:
seeing, deeply knowing,
gently loving.

“Hello, sweet girl,”

the teacher called.
And the child danced again
to the music of being known.

There is something of God
in this story, I think.
Cause I know that ache
of being made unfamiliar
to oneself
by this world and this life.
Don’t you?

It is God who comes
dancing through the universe
to us,
who finds us hidden
and lost
in our shy hearts,
and calls us home
with words that see us whole,
beloved and known.
Arms open, She calls:

Hello, sweet girl,
Hello.

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3 thoughts on “Sweet Girl (a poem)

  1. Lovely!

    On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 9:19 AM, Reverend Fem wrote:

    > reverendfem posted: “My friend has a child who dances through the gender > universe with light feet and long hair that stretches like a tightrope > between imaginary destinations. When they cut it short the child wept and > went to school lost in new nerves, and a shy heart. And ” >

  2. I responded to your Facebook post of this poem, but rereading here prompts another observation. I love how the acknowledgement, “Hello sweet girl” is transformative for her, how “the music of being known” is the antidote for “the ache/ of being made unfamiliar/ to oneself.” I have greeted my daughter, who is 33 and a mother herself, with that very same phrase almost her whole life. I hope it has the same accepting, affirming, sustaining overtones for her that you capture here.

  3. Pingback: All The Poems I Wrote in Lent | Reverend Fem

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