Morning and evening
Maids heard the goblins cry;
'Come buy our orchard fruits,
Come buy, come buy'
I am the girl with the arrow through her head;
people treat me like some sort of cartoon,
they think it's a get-up.
I can't wear hats,
or walk down the street without my neighbors Bob and John
telling me I should have ducked
and then laughing like dickheads.
I love your product.
Thank you for making it.
They send me coupons, which pleases me,
and I use them immediately.
I was Custer's girl.
I was there when he died;
it was awful.
He was blond, and brave, and beautiful.
I tried to stop them from desecrating him,
but the Indian women tossed me aside like a dandelion flower
and I had to walk home.
That was in 1876.
I was twenty.
I don't know why I don't die;
maybe the arrow changed me in some way I can't account for.
I have dreams that manifest in my life the next day.
I dream that I am a girl with an arrow through her head,
and that Bob and John find me endlessly hilarious.
Then I am,
and they do.
I have to sleep on my back
because of the arrow.
I lie down in my yard at night and look at the stars.
and I turn,
which makes the arrow turn, too,
and I feel just like a new clock, right on the money every time.
Then I remember--
Autie is dead,
and I am a girl with an arrow through her head.
Tonight I will dream of eating a pomegranate,
and then an orange.
I will turn them in my hands,
and they will turn me with them;
something will be different,
and when I wake up, it will all happen as I dreamed it--
The pomegranate will heal my heart,
and the orange will contain endless sections, juicy and sweet.
Bob and John will not be home when I walk by;
the arrow will fall out,
and I will be free.
quoted lines at the top are from "The Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti.
for the Real Toads birthday in December--Christina Rossetti.