A GIRL ON HER BOARD
She rolled on the sidewalk at dusk,
the wheels of her skateboard whirring.
She bent without effort,
feet tucked under knees
in a pose I’d never seen.
Gray leggings popped out of pink high-tops. Maroon lips,
aubergine nail polish, metal hoops dangled from her ears.
Her chin rested on her long arm. One bare shoulder
slipped out of her oversized black cardigan. She flew
past cherry blossoms, absorbing cracks in equal measure.
Gliding in her own momentum,
never intending to forget her flow,
she followed her beat wherever it led her.
Was this the starting gate of her velocity
or the peak of it?