An eccentric young woman
descends polished wooden stairs
in stockings, with light, bouncy steps
full of energy.
A vision of distinct individuality,
her presence dares adults to defy mediocre lives.
Disconnect from adolescent bravado
emerges among those present
with each exotic footfall into the room.
Dreams and confidence of childhood
are shown to have settled into a run-of-the-mill existence
as this odd creature breezes in.
Porcelain skin is smooth and glowing.
Dark eyes lead to deep pools of creative knowledge
and foreign thought.
Turquoise blue and vibrant purple hair
Side ponytails curl and twist
with her movements.
A gentle teal ocean kiss to her shoulder on one side,
a violet jolt on the other.
A feminine lacy black dress juxtaposes a puffy white rabbit’s tail
peeking out from under
the hem of a black military coat.
With a quick shrug, a stegosaur backpack is over her shoulders.
Pink, orange, brown and yellow spikes
protrude from her back.
A surprisingly deep and husky voice reveals an ancient soul
inside a youth’s body.
In one throaty breath she says a quick hello and good-bye,
making no apology for her brevity.
An air of mystery is left in her wake.
Thoughts of her unusual tail and unique character
bring a smile
and a moment of wistful longing
for lost youth.