Pigtails by Ann Kestner

Sparked by the words: crisis, knew, girl, pigtails, beneath

 

Beneath the pigtails

is a girl

in secret crisis.

 

No one knows.

 

Only she hears

what every

strand of hair

whispers.

 

No one could

ever guess

what those

 

horrible

horrible

pigtails

tell her.

..

Ann Kestner is the founder and editor of Poetry Breakfast.  For over 25 years, her work has periodically appeared in various publications.  She spent most of her life in Virginia at the edge of the D.C. suburbs.  Ann now lives in New Jersey along the Raritan Bay.

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