On “Breakout” by Swing Out Sister by Alexis-Rueal
Give me that wide, gliding voice.
You’ve got to find a way
Star to wish on
Say what you want to say
Prayer for escape
1987– Singlewide trailer.
narrow with parents fighting.
1997– Efficiency apartment,
married at 20 and already regretting it.
2007– 30 years old,
and can’t remember what hope feels like.
Listen to that song.
Program a prayer into the radio.
Press Repeat on the iPod.
Wait for blooming wings and helium bones.
2017–40 years old and familiar
with the tops of clouds, now.
Press Repeat when the song comes on.
Sing along to the chorus.
Pick the shattered ceiling from you wings.
You know what it is to be free.
About the Author:
Alexis-Rueal is a Columbus, Ohio poet whose work has appeared in both print and online publications throughout the US and in Europe. She has performed in festivals and venues throughout Ohio and Kentucky, and was a 2016-17 member of the Women of Appalachia: Women Speak project. Her first full-length book, “I Speak Hick,” was published by Writing Knights Press in 2016.