She lived by the ocean

She lived by the sea,

She could twist cherry stems with her tongue

And balance on one knee.

She loved William Shakespeare,

And loved Edgar Poe,

She embroidered her last name

On all her cotton clothes.

She had sea foam green eyes

And toenails in kelly green

She listened to music from musicals

And tore holes in the screen.

She made pearl-white cirrus clouds

Her father was the sandman,

She could capture words

And speak to the birds

Like no other can.