Illuminated, Ava Fojtik
Fuck the heal-toe method.
This rebel flat-foots, ‘n’ pancake-slaps
the shit-zoo out of her sidewalk.
Balancing herself over the concrete edge,
like some acrobat holding her lover’s hands
while she tumbles through the thin air.
Pausing only for a half-second to catch her breath,
She’s a left out-fielder runnin’ with her tongue out:
strings out, strikes out, calls out, moves out.
Hunched over: her 7.5-degree slouch forwards.
‘cause her textbooks cost a month’s salary
and a spare kidney in a cooler.
They sure as hell should be heavy.
Sure is pure, the war she levies.
Wait. Her face is a canvas.
Make-up, her paint.
Let her finish,
About the Author
Miguel Escoto · St. Edward’s University
Miguel Escoto is a Political Science and Writing & Rhetoric student at St. Edward’s University. “Let Her” first appeared in Sorin Oak Review.
About the Artist
Ava Fojtik · Augsburg University
Ava Fojtik is a Religion major at Augsburg University. More of her work can be found on her Instagram @avafojtik. “Illuminated” first appeared in Murphy Square.