Originally uploaded by John Siddique
– changing state at the age of twelve.
Makes a new name with her left hand,
cutting the facets of each letter with intention.
Polishing smooth each cut to gleam in the light.
Puts her foot forward
– changing state, when standing still.
She has made herself, made herself, made herself
- Kitying from Hong Kong.
Helps her mother with the left hand of duty and love.
Gets lost watching Eastenders, letting go of all the making.
Stands in two worlds with two names.
Pausing for breath when the money runs out.
Looking at the sky as the starlings flock and swoop.
To be only flight, the transparency of movement.
Compressing feathers to carbon, carbon to Crystal.
Clear as the light first thing in the morning.
Still and always in flight, she is making herself.
© John Siddique 2009
Part of Lancaster University’s ‘Moving Manchester’ Commission