Let me tell you about redemption.
Let me tell you the way a dragonfly
shapes a heart when it copulates
with the other dragonfly that’s drawn
to put all possible sin behind and make
a fine new creature. Let me
share the story of a woman in love
who found red wine and lavender
in southern France and bore a daughter
and loved that daughter so much she tore
a sacred promise to shreds. Redemption.
Once upon a time a fox
dared cunningly to slide inside
the barely open kitchen window
of a family of three bears: guilt/
gilt turned to Goldilocks, removing
beast from beast. What can a mother
tell her daughter
to keep her happy and true?
Let me say—let me say it once:
regret spreads wings as dark as shadows
that keep on beating, reaching for light
to turn it into the darkest jewel
a woman must reach for every night.