Birthstone

Winter born looking at
city and sidewalk-
colored Midwest December
street-piled gray snow
higher than shoulders
This baby notices the sky
blue–a shape cut from
loud dye, crisp edges and sometimes
smudged with smoky clouds
It settles into her eyes, a habit
for the color, a birthday gift
an easy seduction when she
meets the peddler and silver
slips down each wrist and finger
turquoise more sky-colored than
sky–she can feel it through her skin,
first memories. She sees blue everywhere.

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