Gemma RemembersI remember everything:Gemma Remembers7 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
four girls strong as thunder
conjuring impossible flowers
and daydreams in another world.
I say their names like prayers.
Ann unremarkable as parchment.
Felicity a lioness, wild and too powerful to ignore.
Pip meant for cameos and evergreen bowers.
And one, who like an odd puzzle piece,
never quite fit anywhere.
We flew like hawks through Londons dark fog
chasing the sweet far thing
and trying to forget all that chained us to the earth.
Ann shredding her wrists to taste sensation.
Felicity raging in arrows and swords
to keep her fathers fingers from her heart.
Pippa who traded her affliction and a cast iron wedding ring
for a lonely unlife.
A girl who never really knew her own strength.
I remember everything,
and it never ceases to bring me to my knees,
a cold mouth like bark teasing at my lips.
We lost so much then.
My mother and her protector.
The little girl sacrificed so long ago.
Mother Elena who knew what was coming.
Pippa whose eyes turned blac