Illuminated, Ava Fojtik
Popped off my knees like bottle caps & became a boy
Daddy crushed Diet Coke cans & I became a boy
hands goldfished in the creek—colorful pebble feet
Don’t feed her too much or she’ll grow into a boy
Flag pulled down from its perch—waved laughing upside down
The monkey bars at the park know she will be a boy
Reflected in rain-windows—chest wrapped in white gauze—
I scissor cut mountains—pressed my lips to a boy
Catch tadpoles & swallow them wriggling & whole—
Amphibian mother—gills are a silly thing for a boy
The first man was sliced down the middle— half & half
So you’re wondering which half of you is a boy?
I wrote my name first in the fogged window, a boy
a soul planted in pumpkin seeds, harvest the boy
About the Author
Robin Gow · Ursinus College
Robin Gow graduated from Ursinus College with a BA in English and is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Adelphi University. He has been published in POETRY and featured by Brooklyn Poets. “A Boy” first appeared in Furrow.
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.