For Jane

i am no bird.

i am no

delicate song-maker,

no fragile feather-clump.

though i may be

little and

plain and

unassuming,

do not assume

that i am

what you want

me to be.

though i would

enjoy the ability

to spread out,

to see the world

and live only

for myself,

that is not

who i am.

see me

not for

what you like,

but for

who i tell you

i am.

i am

a woman—

little and

plain and

unassuming

to be sure,

but i am

no bird:

i am no

metaphor

for you to twist and

shape and

force

into the image

you like.

this is

who i am—

do not

coat me in

feathers

or pretty words

to hide

my flaming spirit

because you will only

succeed

in burning

your fingers.

 

Nicole Hylton is a writer-of-all-trades from Southern Maryland. She writes poetry, short stories, and has completed two novellas, Internet Official and Dropping Her Gloves. Her work has appeared in Aethlon and Avatar. She holds a B.A. in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, minor in Sociology & Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

 

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Nicole Hylton
Nicole Hylton is a writer-of-all-trades from Southern Maryland. She writes poetry, short stories, and has completed two novellas, Internet Official and Dropping Her Gloves. Her work has appeared in Aethlon and Avatar. She holds a B.A. in English from St. Mary's College of Maryland, minor in Sociology & Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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