Thoroughbreds

Remember the thoroughbred girls?

The girls we watched in washroom mirrors

and fell in love with. With kohl eyes, 

powder puffs, chapstick lips & candy-floss pink cheeks.

The girls who shot the pistol at the starting line

and still finished first. Who took drugs

and hearts like jumps, curled their knees

beneath them. The girls who landed

feet first, never stumbled with eyes

staring down the barrel of a shotgun. 

But combed and plait their hair as if

tomorrow had already come.

The girls with come hither, wish you were me

stares. Misunderstood as golden idols

meant to be shared. The girls who

were champion racehorses in need

of medals but I placed them on pedestals;

rendered them goddesses and untouchable,

gilded their heartbreak &  watched them shatter,

the moment we all forgot these girls

were girls

 


 

Inspired by Ada Limon’s ‘How to Triumph Like a Girl’

Poem: © Kristiana Reed 2020

My poetry collections:

Flowers on the Wall UK

Flowers on the Wall US

Between the Trees UK

Between the Trees US

https://linktr.ee/KristianaReed

 

7 thoughts on “Thoroughbreds

  1. jonicaggiano says:

    Boy I can certainly relate to this is so many ways, it is so well written my friend.

    “The girls who landed
    feet first, never stumbled with eyes
    staring down the barrel of a shotgun.
    But combed and plait their hair as if
    tomorrow had already come.
    The girls with come hither, wish you were me
    stares. Misunderstood as golden idols
    meant to be shared”

    Your piece reminds me of when I moved to KY in the middle of my Junior year. It was horrible. A lot of rich kids and a large school. Unlike me who had heard the ringing of a shotgun from my own dad, these girls were untouchable. I was lower income and they were rich, and they dressed in the lastest fashions. I wore home made clothes. Excellent work for bringing back memories. Beautifully penned. Love Joni

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      • jonicaggiano says:

        Thank you my friend that means so much. I understand the feelings of everything you wrote about. It helps to know others understand. I wish I had such a resource when I was a teenager and young adult. Love to you ❤️💖🤗Joni

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  2. GriffReed says:

    Thoughtful as to how I viewed this girls … pedestals were not things that I mounted others on … but I probably watched others do that … and had a heart that ached for both!

    I’m also wondering what the voice of the thoroughbreds would be if they penned their stories ..?

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