Each act escapes,
stripped of ribboned rubber masks,
husks our circus smiles, greases our trickster strides.
Protective coating melted, ringed
around blue tables, we sip the milk of she-wolves.
Wisely, we count ourselves
lucky, survivors forever
tickled by Fortune’s
~Maura Alia Badji
Maura Alia Badji’s poems and essays have appeared in Barely South Review, Cobalt, ArtVoice Buffalo, Switched-on Gutenberg, Exhibition, convolvulus, Spillway, teenytiny, Signals, The Buffalo Times, and The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal. Her themes include multiracial identity and families, female ancestors, social justice, female sexuality, and the discovery and creation of mythos. Maura has been a contributing writer for The Buffalo Times, Soul Music of The World, and LivingSocial.com.