Nesting (an installation)
For Aideed Medina
The girl found a scroll rolling at her feet, and she read it, and it said that a crown made of wood is not a crown of flowers. A cradle made of wood is not a crown of flowers. There are rules against talking about a crown of flowers. There are rules about singing about a crown of flowers. Men in our town buy their own books to get a claim. This is their crown of flowers. Their paper flowers. What is our crown of flowers? A drop of perfume to wash the feet? We could walk around Fresno barefoot all day, and no one would wash our feet except the women we brought here with us.