She was born in an oil-drum South side of
When East St. Louis was not far away.
She'd lace knives to her boots and go down to
Skate around and around till the night became
The cannery fellows would follow her
From the grocery store to the B.Q.E.
With their hearts all aglow from her icy
When her teeth became tight when her eyes
And she told herself that this was enough.
For a girl who was born in an oil-drum
She had her skates didn't need lots of stuff.
She didn't need it but she still wanted some.
She had one thing that she liked and she kept
She would take it with her to the riverbed.
As she skated around she always thought of a
That she heard as a girl in her mother's bed.
The sound of some breathing another breath in
When some lungs expand and contract like they
And she looked at herself in the ice of the
She saw a girl one which she could see
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