Annette Marie Hyder
Yes they told me not to.
I brought him to me as often
yes it was small
turning it over and over
Wasn't this box a gift for myself?
Might there not be one last gift
It is said that all of the things
True they swarmed,
And these wings that are never used
And I shudder,
If I do, in moments of despair
Annette Marie Hyder is a freelance journalist, an author and a poet. She is the founder and curator of the international feminist project, "Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know." Her articles have appeared in print throughout the United States and internationally. Her most recent book is The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow published by Twilight Times Books. She is currently happily at work on a novel of magical realism. Read her blog at http://blog.annettehyder.com/ and visit her website at annettehyder.com.
Originally published in Poems Niederngasse. Also published in Annette's collection The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow. Re-printed by permission of the author.