From the collection published in 2015, Catch Up With Summer.
Faint Praise Intense and Glowing
I am a little girl, not very old,
when someone says
Full of pluck, you are. You have spunk.
It does not sound like praise
and it is not meant to be
but I take on the description
anyway. I find it useful to remember
when I’m sitting on the train before dawn
on my way to work
and so I think
As time has passed I have had a vision of myself
like a little car going uphill on the highway
and then I
floor the gas pedal and I catch up and pass everyone
and I’ve gone beyond
They’ve been everything to me,
spunk and pluck
though what I really wanted to hear back then was
Gorgeous, you are. You have glamor.