her aunt told her that they were the kind of women
that make men fall in love with them
she told her that she had it,
that thing that sends men spinning.
said that it was in her blood, her eyes.
she said it wasn't conscious,
wasn't to be abused,
that it was wrong
to try to lure in a man
who had no choice.
her aunt tells her that one day, she too
will make men kneel at her feet.
it was never something
any of them wanted,
losing in love
with the only men
who ever mattered.
the next day, she kisses her aunt
and steps outside. looks across the wall
at the boy with shining eyes and ringing laugh,
and thinks that the gift missed her.