The Answer

Stephanie Parent

She could.

Because she had to.

Because this world 
Is the only one we’ve got.

Because magic
Has many definitions

And fantasy
Is its own kind of truth.

Because, by reading and retelling
And reliving
The stories of so many heroines—

Women who had been brave and foolish,
Kind and selfish,
Patient and impetuous,
Living love and loss—

Through these stories
She found
The heroine within


Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC. Her poetry has been nominated for a Rhysling Award and Best of the Net. Follow her on Twitter at @SC_Parent and Instagram at @SCParent.