She attempts to light the candle
and sets the whole town
flickering with brightness

A few cheap signifiers
It's a message that I
need sent

A few cheap signifiers
measure me.
A balance
my woman's body in one pan
these things or
the coin that bought them
in the other.
To shout to the world
not whisper,

leather speaks in gliding tongue,
free it says
silver chimes smooth
steel mesh low sings strong
talk to the streets