We were sky girls by Liza Wolff-Francis

We were sky girls

Liza Wolff-Francis

someday to be sky
women, holding onto
earth, splashing
in its water, small
like animals.

All by ourselves with
the straight lipped pool
holding onto earth,
we played chase
with the water.

For all the things
we could have done,
we swam alone
like scattered leaves
trying to be the sky.

I dove into the water
like an animal, curved
and small. She followed me,
dove like an animal,
her nose hit the bottom,

blood dyed the water red.
I reached for her,
trying to be the sky,
drove her, like my own
animal, to two hospitals

before they would take her.
When you are small
and the ground scatters,
how scary it is to be
like an animal trying to

hold on to earth.
Fallen leaves whispering,
blood dripping sky girl
trying to be the sky
holding onto earth.


Liza Wolff-Francis is a literary artist with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and on the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has been published in various publications and has a poetry chapbook out called Language of Crossing (SwEP) which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border.

This poem was inspired during the ekphrastic Gold Writing Group workshop on September 29, 2019.