Poetry Contest: Women Who Wander

by Ana R.

A local girl washed my hair
Her smile toothy and hair choppy
Her eyes bright and voice gentle
She said she wants to wander, too
Far far away from here
And study a million marvelous things
She didn’t know yet that girls
Are not supposed to become women who wander
Who never stay long
I hope she does wander one day like me
But because of joy
Rather than because of grief
I hope I have bright eyes again someday like her
But because I know the good things in this world
Far outnumber the bad
Even for women who wander
And seek life with bright eyes

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