Taurus Zodiac Highlight
Roll Up Your Sleeves
My back hurts
I need a day off
Mom is in town
I need a sleep day
Cut the crap
Get to work
And roll up your sleeves
Aries Zodiac Highlight
Don’t get me wrong
I am very strong
Just like a ram
And a little wild
Like a firecracker
But I like it easy
I like it simple
I like it when I
Can live in my optimism
Let’s just spin around
Until I fall
And I’ll deal with the pain
When I hit the ground
Pisces Zodiac Highlight
When I was a kid
I never learned how to swim
My dad tried to show me
By throwing me in the pool
I think I swam for a moment
But really I mostly sank
And sank and when I hit the bottom
I imagined that I was a mermaid
I wanted to be
I thought I could be
But I wasn’t
I was drowning
After that my father
Would threaten to waterboard me
Whenever I misbehaved
I was a good kid
I thought about what it was like
I didn’t drown
I didn’t suffocate
But I remember what that was like
I like waterboarding would be worst
Because that would mean
Someone wanted to hurt you
Capricorn Zodiac Highlight
Dark Side of the Moon
My sister was a blur. As soon as she could walk, she ran.
I was six and she was four. Mom made us matching outfits to wear to church.
White with green leaves and pink flowers.
She spent an hour tucking in our lace trimmed blouses and socks, taming
Dawn’s ringlets and setting the barrettes just right.
She pushed us together and snapped a polaroid.
There, don’t you girls look beautiful.
Dawn looked at herself, flattening her hands over her jacket
as if she were wiping something off.
The Moon is always female, mother.
We stepped out into bright morning sun, budding trees, pine.
Dawn ran to the right, around the house.
Mom sprinted after her, hobbled by her brown pencil skirt.
Dawn zipped around from the left, feet bare and jacket gone,
pulling off her blouse as she flew past.
Mom huffed by a minute later. Hold these, she pushed
Dawn’s discarded shoes, jacket and socks at me.
She circled and returned, Dawn’s blouse and skirt in hand.
Help me find her, Mom said, her face an imploded mask.