but not broken,
and that’s the problem.
Better to be broken, then fixed.
Perhaps weaker but not misshapen
like a warped carnie mirror.
Bent is to the will of others,
Really are you bendable?
How far can they stretch me?
How thin can I go?
Maybe like a thin piece of juicy fruit or
a fiber optic cable, so thin as to be
No. I don’t want to be flexible, nimble,
malleable, bent. I’d rather not give way
but break instead, I say.
I’ll mend the cracks,
show my scars,
stand my ground anew.
The years will leave me chipped
and tattered, but not bent. The girl
of 19 will still be in the woman of 90.
Sonya Groves is a teacher of English and History in San Antonio. She has published a short story in the Abydos Education Journal and been a conference presenter at the East Carolina University Multi-Cultural Literature Review Conference. Currently she is pursuing her Master’s degree in English at Our Lady of the Lake University.