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I Say to You Now

Three poems.

Pregnant Rock Goddess

Baby inside me, rock as I roll.
Kick me if you need something
otherwise I’ll assume your girl parts are growing fine.
Before I know it, you’ll be 10
then 20,
covered in tattoos,
changing your hair color to match the seasons.
Maybe one day you’ll pick up a Fender Strat
and it will feel better than any food or finger.
You’ll lay your hands on it and know what’s what.
You can walk into any coastal kiss-off of a city,
run your fingers through the steely strings
and something beautiful will come.
Take after me in this way, because those were the moments
my life went from a promising seed
into an egg bright for hatching.
I’m not wishing on you the patter of needles
or the slaps in the face,
I’m saying to fill your life with songs
that the boys who strum you will never understand.
Grow into glory, float from my stomach like a bad angel,
take the world by storm,
make sure your first squall becomes something
you’ll sing and sing again.


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  • litchick February 28th, 2013 3:14 PM

    Beautiful poems!

  • AnaRuiz February 28th, 2013 3:20 PM

    I don’t know if it’s because I’m a sucker for love poems but that last one was amazinggg. And I write poetry too, but I’ve never dared call myself a “poet.” maybe that condescension has something to do with it?


  • sugarmilz February 28th, 2013 3:23 PM

    Beautiful poems.


  • kimberleighrc February 28th, 2013 3:46 PM

    I’m so happy to see poetry on Rookie. I’d love for there to be a regular installment of new poetry from readers preferably! I write poetry but don’t always feel like a “poet,” per se, so a space for poetry publication would be wonderful.

  • Mary the freak February 28th, 2013 3:49 PM

    Poems on rookie is one of the most beautiful things I can imagine. I love this.


  • Velvetmary February 28th, 2013 3:53 PM

    These are so beautiful. Each one of them. I love them.

  • soviet_kitsch February 28th, 2013 3:56 PM

    these are beautiful. the last one is my favourite <3

  • Lauren Hartnett February 28th, 2013 4:18 PM

    I really like the poems, they definitely are mini-stories the way Kirsten writes them. I think it would be helpful though to hear about getting published, because I’m going through a time right now where all I can see myself doing in the future is writing, but I have no idea how to submit to literary magazines or becoming slightly known for my words.

  • indaslicht February 28th, 2013 4:24 PM

    what is R*g though

    • Maddy February 28th, 2013 5:56 PM

      “rag”. it means to be on your period and I think it has a crude connotation

  • RhiaSnape February 28th, 2013 5:03 PM

    love the second one best, these are awesome

  • limegreensunset February 28th, 2013 5:18 PM



  • Kennedy February 28th, 2013 5:26 PM

    I love the poems you guys have been posting! Keep it up! <3 I'm always on the look out for interesting poetry.

  • Maddy February 28th, 2013 5:58 PM

    Like this is great and all, but I’m always somewhat disappointed when I reach the end of a fiction (yesterday’s was greaat though) or poetry and see that it’s a professional author. I’d like to see more of my peers’ writing or even my own. Maybe April’s theme will inspire me.

  • Jolala February 28th, 2013 6:10 PM

    I LOVE these poems. I want more.

  • StrawberryTwist February 28th, 2013 7:21 PM

    I really enjoyed reading this poetry :) So magical


  • emilycarolina February 28th, 2013 10:54 PM

    OMG this is amazing! i remember seeing her speak at a rookie event, she’s so cool (: love her and her work!

  • Special_Snowflake March 1st, 2013 12:34 AM

    The last one was really special :)

  • Paulatte March 1st, 2013 7:27 AM

    Wow they are great! especially the last one. She doesn’t even have to explain that her poems are mini stories, it really makes sense when you read them.

  • flocha March 1st, 2013 3:08 PM

    ah all so beautiful but especially liked the last one

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica June 15th, 2013 12:11 PM

    These are AMAZING! Poetry has never particularly appealed to me but I am very partial to the poems on Rookie. Perhaps it’s time to rethink my opinion.