Augusta Ada Lovelace at 7
Seven years and already the bars were closing in—
I pretended I was a princess with paper wings,
dreamt of flying beyond the narrow arrow slits
of my crenelated tower—so high, so sunlit, my wings’
shine would blind any interfering Furies’ eyes
following the perfect flight arc of my wings.
Years later I drew calculations for a flying machine,
sensing numbers were the strongest of my wings,
something I could barter for my freedom
when the time came to test these new wings,
no longer things of paper dreams and paste,
possessed of the great animal will of all wings.
The day would come when I would see the future,
and spread without doubt my mind’s vast wings.
Bio as of 2/15/17
Beatriz Fitzgerald Fernandez is a poet and university reference librarian living in Miami, Florida. She’s the author of Shining from a Different Firmament (Finishing Line Press, 2015) which she presented at the Miami Book Fair International in 2015. She has read her poetry on WLRN, South Florida’s NPR news station, was recently nominated for a Pushcart prize and won the grand prize in the 2nd Annual Writer’s Digest Poetry contest. Her work was chosen to be included in the Arte Latino Now 2017 exhibit in Queens University in Charlotte. For upcoming events and publications visit: www.beasbooks.blogspot.com.