Girls And Their Many Layers
“She is always running before she walks” – Invisible Child by Andrea Elliott
I recently read the first chapter of the NY Times series Invisible Child by Andrea Elliott. While I was reading, a descriptor for a young girl, the main character, circled my mind for a few days: “She is always running before she walks”. Never had I heard or seen a girl described in that way, using a simple action to demonstrate the young girls ambition. As a response to that I wrote this:
How nice is it to describe a girl with
So much passion
How beautiful is it to be recognized by your
Instead of by your walk and how your
Body dances with your stride.
The way people watch you is something
You should be pay more attention to
Some observe the details that
Can display bits and pieces of your
Others glue their eyes on your legs or
your bottom, or the faint silhouette
of your cellphone on your back pocket or
even the way your chest enjoys a slight
bounce when you walk a little bit faster.
Why is it that I am viewed like that?
Why was I judged by the thickness of
My arms, by the strength of my legs, the
Ability of my chest to dance as it catches up
With my legs that with long strides try to
Eat the whole world up.
I am a fast walker.
My legs try to catch up with my mind
That sprints to understand my surroundings,
They try to keep up with my –fast talking-,
Sometimes I don’t even notice the
Thoughts running away from my
Abstract brain and finding safety
In my throat where they seem to be
A bit un-comfortable and
My cords seem to push each sound out to
Create a word that after crawling
Up my throat reaches my toungue and
Finally becomes a phrase that tries
To be heard, a phrase that is heard.
And when I scream my vocal cords
Bend and break so that the lump
Of words, I did not say
Can catapult away
And be heard and no longer be
Or be just mine.
So that they become a phrase
That others hear and understand
And say and relay.