Poetry from Angelica Corrado

Photo by Madison Grooms

Elegy for My Flower Crown

I want to string           together daisies
and dandelions                       my makeshift golden
………….crown as I dance
barefoot on the forest             floor while dirt
………….cakes           my callused
soles               Pine     tree castle
………….walls to protect
me           the forest    queen                with
honeycomb golden                 hair that drips
………….…….down to thighs

………….But when I was
five I stepped              on a bee
………….and scrubbed           the earth
from my sole      before mom               tweezed
the stinger       Maybe it was
the apitoxin                 that made me
………….cut    my hair            to stop
tree sap sticking          follicles together
………….and pluck     petals off
the daisies                  .and stomp
dandelions with           the heel of         my boot
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Angelica Corrado is a senior Psychology student at the University of Akron minoring in English. She is an advocate for mental health awareness and a proud feminist, topics that influence her poetry. Corrado is the Vice President and Co-Founder of her university’s Coalition Against Sexual Assault and serves as the Survivor and Ally Resource Captain for the It’s On Us Campaign.

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