A girl up the way
has entered puberty.
One day she wears
the most outlandish clothes and colours
and the next
black, gray or blue.
Fond of protecting
the little ones, in one breath,
she stands separate from adults and everyone,
in the next.
she talks with classmates and girlfriends
about the changes to her body
as she throws fierce energy into gym
and pursues intensely with pimples and glasses
her various and numerous studies.
she was halfway up
the Everest of a lamp-post
before her mother came out
and roared her down.