My Back Pages by Julie Henderson

I wrote letters on petals in petroglyphs as a child
–Spellbound and bent on writing a new chapter–
I was enraptured with words
My fingers could weave something wild
And whether it was applauded never mattered

I took voyages to unearthed temples when I winked
–Isolated and on a gendered quest for a fabled fountain–
I blew the lid off Pandora’s boon
Used just one hand to graze the brink
And with one arm I scaled every mountain


About the Author:
Julie Henderson is a native to the San Francisco Bay Area whose journey and writing has appeared in the anthology, Hitched! Wedding Stories from San Francisco’s City Hall, ed. Cheryl Dumesnil. She has also been featured in a controversial interview in Curve Magazine, and her writing has been published in the University of San Francisco Literary Magazine, Foghorn Newspaper, and online women’s journals. In addition to writing, she is a 3-D installation artist, photographer, singer/songwriter, metalsmith, and urban Taoist.