Barbie Chang Refuses

Victoria Chang

Barbie Chang refuses to start her

              own Circle refuses

to wear a girdle would she think

              about the Circle in

the last eight minutes before the

              plane crashed into

the mountains there are thousands

              of miles between the

land and the sky between the words

              to love and loved there are

little boats in the brain that can row

              nowhere that’s the little

voice we hear in our heads Barbie

              Chang should not

mind about all her kind whether she is

              pretty or not skinny

enough loved enough once in Yosemite

              she stared for hours at

two Giant Sequoias fused together at

              the base but separate

high above the plaque said they must

              be in love she knew it

wasn’t true that they were really two

              trees trying to leave

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