For Alexandra, born May 17, 1999

Armored in red, her voice commands
every corner. Bells gong on squares,
in steeples, answering the prayers.
Bright tulips crown the boulevards.

Pulled from the womb she imitates
that mythic kick from some god's head.
She roars, and we are conquered.
Her legs, set free, combat the air.

Naked warrior: she is our own.
Entire empires are overthrown.

—Elise Paschen

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from Birthday Poems: A Celebration, 2002
Thunder's Mouth Press, New York, NY

Copyright 2002 by Elise Paschen.
All rights reserved.

Reprinted by permission of Thunder's Mouth Press from Birthday Poems: A Celebration. Copyright 2002 by Elise Paschen. 

  • Elise Paschen

    Elise Paschen (1959- ) is the author of four poetry collections, including The Nightlife (Red Hen Press, 2017).