I walk on moving floors with balance.
I handstand in barrels. No puff of air lifts
my skirt. I hit dunk tank bulls-eyes
& sweet spots of bottle pyramids.
I know to use the tracks to body-
check riders beside me once we leave
the platform. I steel my stomach
to sticks of butter, deep-fried.
I eat fire. I pull tractors & then
catch oiled pigs. I stitch wounds
with horse hair plucked straight
from the mane. I’ve kept my teeth.
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 16, Issue 3.
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