1982

we hallelujah girls
we’d shiver and shake like sand snakes like water
flinging out
from a glass
oh
god we sang we embattled hair-braided calico virgins
tambourines and tangerines in hand
in petticoats
hands in our petticoats
other girls did not wear bonnets
and we wished for cut-offs and cigarettes and boyfriends
we hallelujah girls
arms flung wide
Hannah’s dad’s hands under our petticoats
oh
god we sang

Ani King

4 Comments

  1. YES. So sad. So good.

  2. Gorgeous writing and the message is so compelling.

  3. Thank you so much for reading again, and commenting! <3

  4. Thank you, thank you! <3

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