I Can’t Be the Only One

By 
Michele Lent Hirsch

who secretly thrilled to Ursula
who shared her envy 

of that underwater voice
and wanted nothing more 

than to throat it. To swallow.
To use it however we liked. We, 

the ones who tried to belt
some mournful song but heard just

screechy child warbles, nothing
sultry. Who compensated with

soulful looks in the mirror
before we knew what soulful looks

even were. Who scorned the princess-
crazed girls, their saturated pinks. 

Who knew our fear of the villain
wasn’t fear, but longing.

Michele Lent Hirsch is a journalist, editor, and poet. Her poetry has appeared in RattleBellevue Literary ReviewCanary, and Spillway, and her non-fiction in The AtlanticPsychology TodayWomen Under Siege, and Smithsonian Magazine, where she is a regular online contributor. She lives and works in New York.

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