Pressed Deep a poem by Jennifer Esperanza


Pressed Deep

Wrap me in silk brocade

the color of forest mosses

it’s patterns pressed deep

with wild flowers

gathered at the hips

& falling in folds like theater curtains

in dark & moist old movie theaters

I can feel the costumes of a thousand actors

brush against my neck &

hit against my ankles.

Jennifer Esperanza 1994
Published in the book “Women Becoming Poems”

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